PINOY figure skater Michael Martinez has improved his standing in the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Boston by placing 19th, up two spots from his previous best finish last year.
Martinez, who performed to Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet,” completed his free skate routine with triple axels and signature biellmann spin that garnered a total of 137.12 points, rounding his overall score to 204.10 in the men’s singles category.
Spain’s Javier Fernandez retained his world figure skating title, topping the field with a total score of 314.93. Yuzuru Hanyu from Japan took home silver with 295.17 points, and China’s Jin Boyang came in third with 270.99 points.
After setting a personal best last year, the first figure skater from Southeast Asia and from a tropical zone to qualify for the Winter Olympics continually trained to build his array of technical moves but carefully plotted a strategy of gaining maximum points for better standing.
“Michael did not take the risk of executing his practiced quad jumps in fear of inconsistency and eventual deduction, should he fall. We are now training with international coach Igor Samohin to hopefully break through the Top 10 in the next competition” said Teresa Martinez, Michael's mother.
“As an elite skater, he’ll always have the pain — chest, shoulder, hip, ankle, knee, back - due to constantly falling on hard ice. If you’re not a tough skater, it will make you think twice about the sport. But Michael is in it to win it. He’s glad to see his improvement in the rink, but looks forward to winning the gold in the long run,” she added.
As of April 2016, Martinez currently places 27th in the overall world ranking. He continues his quest for the 2018 Olympics with major sponsor SM as he trains for the next season starting this July.