SEA Games: Ice Skating for a tropical country a big deal for teen siblings
Paul Lintag on Dec 03, 2019 07:48 PM
“It’s important that we get to put Short Track Speed Skating on the map. Being a tropical country and having everyone from the Philippines support us in the SEA Games, it’s really a big deal.” — 15-year-old Kayla Gonzales.
MANILA — As newbies in the Southeast Asian Games, it’s not too bad to finish in 6th place for siblings Marc and Kayla Gonzales in men’s and women’s Short Track Speed 500M.
Both teen ice skaters missed out on the Final Tuesday at SM Megamall here, but the two of them finised second in their final heat to take 6th place.
In the case of Kayla she actually improved her time from 52.430 seconds in the semifinals to 51.888 seconds in the final heat. Her older brother Marc also improved his time from 44.628 seconds to 44.326 seconds.
Marc’s original time was 0.356 seconds short of making the Finals.
“I felt I did good, in the B Finals I made second and I shortened my times more than expected so I get to qualify for the Junior Worlds in the next one,” 15-year-old Kayla said.
“The 500 isn’t really my distance, I’m more of a long distance skater, so I just looked at this as something I can learn from and not something that will bring me down,” 17-year-old Marc added.
The two, born in New Jersey but with roots in Isabela, enjoyed skating here in the Philippines for the SEA Games despite feeling the initial nerves.
“At first I was really nervous about skating here. But I think it was really nice,” Marc said.
The teen sensations also emphasized doing well in ice skating, especially suiting up for a country that has a tropical climate.
“Since we’re a tropical country, not many people in the Philippines know what this is. It’s really important for us to do good,” Marc said.
“It’s important that we get to put Short Track Speed Skating on the map. Being a tropical country and having everyone from the Philippines support us in the SEA Games, it’s really a big deal,” Kayla added.
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