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    Michael Martinez's inspiring story in Sochi worth its weight in gold

    Feb 15, 2014
    Figure skater Michael Christian Martinez's inspirational story in Sochi has given Filipinos a deep sense of pride. AP

    MICHAEL Christian Martinez may not have won any medal in the Sochi Winter Games, but this young figure skater has given Filipinos all around the world a sense of pride.

    From a modest goal of making it to the last 24 of the men's figure skating competition, MCM overachieved and nailed a historical 19th place finish in an event featuring the best in the world.

    Martinez was a boy among men in Sochi, but that didn't matter as he was mature beyond his years and displayed the steadier nerves against the most seasoned skaters in the field.

    It was the stuff dreams are made of, this story of a tropical boy who wowed the whole world atop the ice.

    MCM's feat might not have been good enough for that ever-elusive first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines, but it is not always about the gold medal.

    Sometimes it's more about the athlete with the heart of gold.

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    Figure skater Michael Christian Martinez's inspirational story in Sochi has given Filipinos a deep sense of pride. AP
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