Michael Martinez pulled out from taking the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany after a public announcement from the Philippine Skating Union (PHSU) yesterday.

/ 21 August 2021

The 24-year old Martinez also left in vain the possibility of being in the final Olympic Qualifying tournament for figure skating in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as he forgoes his Germany stint.

Nevertheless, the two-time Winter Olympian, together with his team had to let go of the possibility of their third consecutive Winter Olympics so that they could completely focus on Martinez’s health and recovery as the young man is continuously sustaining ‘on-and-off injuries’.

“We regretfully announce that one of our elite male skaters, Michael Christian Martinez, has decided to withdraw from his bid for the Nebelhorn Trophy, an Olympic qualifying event for figure skating,” said the PHSU in a statement.

“With Michael continuing to recover from his on-and-off injuries, he, along with his coach Nikolai Morozov, see it fit and more viable to concentrate on his overall healing for the time-being. Having said that, Michael’s team has decided to completely dedicate the remainder of the competition season towards longer preparation for future international tournaments.”

However, the said occasion will not stop the journey of Martinez as the PHSU shared his plans to come back stronger for Martinez will be training in Moscow. 

“Michael will also focus on adjusting to his programs, as well as adapting to new techniques to improve his skating while training in Moscow, Russia. His love for the sport remains unwavered and hopes to come back stronger in creating a mark on the international stage of skating as a proud Filipino,” said the PHSU.

Martinez was grateful for the unceasing support he has been receiving from the Filipinos and PHSU affirmed to do so until he decides to join competitions again. 

“Despite a three-year absence from competition, Michael is ultimately grateful for all the outpouring of support given to him since the beginning of his Olympic journey. He will continue to recover well, work hard, and devote his time to skating his best.

“The Philippine Skating Union supports his decision and will continue to do so should he decide to join future competitions. The union wishes Michael a speedy recovery and the best for his endeavors,” said the PHSU.

Meanwhile, Sofia Frank, Edrian Celestino, and Julian Macaraeg will represent the Philippines for the Winter Olympic Qualifying Qualifications.