There's food Martinez will not eat for a while after nose bleed in the Olympics

Paul Lintag on Feb 23, 2018 12:39 PM
There's food Martinez will not eat for a while
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Turns out there was a specific reason for Michael Martinez's episode of nose bleeding in his stint at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

After his routine in PyeongChang, Martinez suffered from severe nose bleeding.

It wasn't because he got injured from his routine, it was just the after effects of all the stress and weight cuts he had to do prior to the competition.

"I actually had a very bad nose bleed, I went to the doctors and they told me 'you know what it's because of the switch of the diet and the stress that you put it,'" Martinez said.

"It was very difficult," the two-time Olympian added.

Martinez was a late addition to the Winter Olympics being given a wildcard berth after Sweden's representative withdrew in January.

The 21-year-old figure skater also ventured into bodybuilding following his first Olympic stint in Sochi four years ago and while that helped him with his career in some ways, it also forced him to cut his weight in order to reach optimum condition for South Korea.

During the most stressful time of his weight cut, Martinez said he didn't really eat breakfast and only had what was basically a combination of salmon, some meats, and some vegetables for lunch and dinner.

Oh and a little bit of bread too.

Obviously, that took its toll on his body.

"Everyday. At the end of the competition I was just like 'yeah I can't eat this,'" he said.

But still, bodybuilding helped Martinez with his performances. All that muscle he packed was beneficial in him being stronger for his projections.

However, the focus now for the Fil-Japanese skater is to take a break first.

Returning to the country this week, representing a tropical country like the Philippines in the Winter Olympics is enough for Martinez.

"Competing at that level of the Winter Olympics, in the company of world-class figure skating talents, and performing in front of the world, is already a reward," he said.

"I am honored to have represented the country in that tournament and hope I have become an inspiration to the next generation of ice athletes," Martinez added.



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