SEA Games: Skater Perticheto relishes performing in front of home crowd
Mark Escarlote on Dec 02, 2019 10:11 AM
So to be able to skate in my home, it feels different. Yeah, and something I will always keep in my mind and good memories -- Alisson Perticheto (Photo by Arvin Lim)
Alisson Perticheto cherishes the rare opportunity to compete and perform in the front of her kababayans on home soil.
The Filipina-Swiss may have come up short of winning the gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games women’s figure skating but the cheer, support and admiration of the Filipino crowd at the SM Megamall Ice Skating Rink is something priceless that makes her silver medal glitter like the mint on Singaporean Chloe Ing’s neck.
“To me, it's very special because again, it's an international competition in the Philippines which is not common in figure skating, you know,” said the 22-year old figure skater, whose silver medal haul earned her a slot in the World Figure Skating Championship next year in Canada.
Performing and receiving the appreciation and loud applause from the Filipino fans in a sport uncommon in the country, according to Perticheto, is an achievement itself.
“So to be able to skate in my home, it feels different,” she said. “Yeah, and something I will always keep in my mind and good memories.”
Perticheto topped the short program last Friday but was outscored by Ing in the free skating event to settle for a silver medal, which surpassed her bronze finish in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur edition of the biennial meet.
Ing finished with an aggregate of 152.67 points to Perticheto’s 132.76.
“I'm very proud. This silver medal is not for me, it's for my country,” said Perticheto. “You know, to be able to get a silver from bronze two years ago, I'm very proud and happy and my next goal is to get the gold two years later.”
“Yeah, I'm thankful to the crowd also, they're amazing. Yeah, I'm very thankful,” added Perticheto, who has been representing the country for 10 years.
Up next for Perticheto is the Four Continents Figure Skating Championship in South Korea February next year and a couple of other international competitions before her Worlds stint in Montreal, Canada March.
Perticheto hopes to perform well in those competitions to fuel her drive for her ultimate goal – landing a spot in the 2020 Winter Olympics and follow the footsteps of two-time Olympian Michael Martinez.
“My goal is to reach, to be able to bring the Philippines in the Olympics in Beijing 2022. This is my goal,” she said. “I will work the hardest to get there and I know I'm capable of.”
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