Filipino skater Michael Christian Martinez advances to medal round in Sochi Winter Olympics

His Olympic debut was nothing short of impressive.

Celest R. Flores of reports that Michael Christian Martinez, the Philippines' lone representative to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has qualified for the medal round of the men's figure skating competition after impressing judges with his routine in the men's short program.


According to the report, the 17-year-old Filipino skater earned a spot in the free skating program because of his flawless performance, finishing "with a score of 64.81 (33.31 technical, 31.50 component), which was good for 19th place at the conclusion of the competition." He performed fifth among a pool of 30 athletes.


Martinez is set to compete again in the free skate program scheduled for Friday (February 14) at 11 p.m. The contest will determine who will win the bronze, silver and gold medals in the event.

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