LOOK: Michael Martinez talks about Olympic journey on ANC's 'Headstart'
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 20, 2018 10:18 AM
(Photo grabbed from ANC's Twitter account)
After his appearance in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, two-time Olympian Michael Martinez sat down and talked with ANC's Migs Bustos about his journey and the things he endured before qualifying in the quadriennial affair.
The Filipino, even though performing a flawless routine, just came up short, finishing 28th in a competition that took the top 24.
Martinez was not even supposed to be in this competition, as he was named as a replacement for a Swedish skater that failed to meet requirements.
The 21-year old revealed that he even thought of finally hanging up the skates for good after narrowly missing the cut in the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, where the top six automatically booked a spot in the Winter Olympics.
After failing to meet the cutoff, Martinez eventually ventured into bodybuilding to improve his body's strength, but eventually had to remove all his gained weight in order to retain the sleeker figure, which is more helpful in his sport.
#ANCHeadstart: "Since I made it to Olympics, I have to lose everything." Michael Martinez talks about his preparations for the PyeongChang 2018 after switching to body building before the Olympics. #ANCRecap pic.twitter.com/idMPhbiOfp— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) February 20, 2018
When the Swedish skater's failure to qualify was announced, Martinez was in great shock since he only had a mere two weeks to prepare for an event that showcases the world's greatest athletic abilities and talents.
Martinez, who achieved a score of 55.56 points in the short program, added that simply being a representative of the Philippines is already an accomplishment for him, but rued that his placing could have been higher if he had a much longer time to prepare.
Despite having asthmatic bronchitis as a child, Martinez says that it did not hinder him from pursuing sports, let alone figure skating, which entails a lot of stamina for a successful and flawless routine.