Michael Martinez gets despedida party for Pyeongchang Games

Michael Martinez gets despedida party for Pyeongchang Games
Michael Martinez assures his fans that he is ready for the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Figure skater Michael Martinez, who will be representing the country for the second straight time in the Winter Olympics, got a despedida party from his supporters in Carson, California.

The 21-year old Martinez got an Olympic send-off from iDance, a dance studio in the United States, which had been supporting him since his early days as an Olympian.

"I’m very very thankful for the support and for everybody being here doing the send off party for me and just showing all the support and love for me and support for the country I’m thankful for that," Martinez said in an interview with ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles.

The two-time Olympian, who is joining skiier Asa Miller as the first Philippine Winter Olympic delegation that has sent athletes to two different events, sees the qualification as a confidence booster.

"I definitely think the experience from the last time I’m definitely using it for this Olympics. I definitely using it coming to this competition so it’s a lot different. My last olympics I was very very nervous so this Winter Olympics coming up I’ll be able to calm my nerves and be ready for it."

Martinez has added practice time ever since he was announced as a replacement for Sweden in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and assures his fans that he is ready for the competition.

"My body is fine. I just can’t wait to be there. Practice and perform my program. I can say the program is already ready. I’m pretty excited."

Martinez will compete on February 17 and will test his skills against some of the greatest figure skaters in the world.

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