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    PH ice skaters bag silver, bronze medals in ISU Development Trophy swan song

    Apr 27, 2014

    THE Philippines clinched a silver and a bronze medal in its swan song participation in the International Skating Union (ISU) Development Trophy over the weekend at the SM Megamall but it was North Korea which made quite a splash.

    Sofia Guidote placed second in the Basic Novice A Girls behind Ro Hyang Mi of DPR Korea, with South African Jaydean Brits earning the final place in the podium.

    Meanwhile, Elia Mendoza finished third in the Basic Novice B that was won by Korean Kim Un Hyang followed by Courtney Kuhn of South Africa.

    Elia Mendoza (right) took third place in the Basic Novice B group.

    All North Korean entries made podium finishes as Han Kum Choi and Han Kwang Bo placed second and third, respectively, in the Junior Men.

    A total of 56 skaters from 15 countries took part in the six-day event where coaches and their charges underwent a five-day training camp before last Saturday’s tournament.

    A panel of ICU-accredited judges evaluated the performances.

    To cap off the competition, Olympian Michael Martinez delivered a program for the public and the participants. It was his recent performance at the Sochi Olympics that elevated the Philippines to a “developed status” in international ice skating circles.

    Olympian Michael Martinez dazzles the crowd with his program.

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