OLYMPIAN Michael Christian Martinez is withdrawing from the World Junior Championships after being advised by his doctor and coach to take it easy and recover from multiple injuries.
“Michael is withdrawing from the Bulgaria competition. It’s the doctor’s and coach’s decision. Michael’s doctor has recommended that he withdraw from the World Junior since his knee injury has not completely healed yet, and his falls during his current practices are adding to the injuries,” his mother Maria Teresa Martinez said.
A skater’s life has never been easy and Martinez has sustained multiple injuries to the ankle, knee and thigh since 2009. Martinez was supposed to compete in the Junior Men Single category of the World Junior Championships which will be held from March 10 to 16 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The 17-year-old skater placed fifth in Junior Worlds last year and this year's showpiece would have been the first tournament he would have joined after his impressive stint in the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Martinez took up figure skating when he was eight, inspired by skaters spinning and jumping while shopping with his mother at SM Southmall. He began training in 2010 in the United States and since then his lifelong dream has been to win an Olympic medal. Martinez has garnered over 190 medals and trophies from various international and local competitions.
Through the years, SM and the Philippine Skating Union have conducted several figure skating competitions that have given birth to international champions such as Martinez.