Gilmore Junio sacrifice sparks admiration; Michael Martinez finishes in top 20

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 14, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A new movement to honor a Filipino-Canadian Olympian’s un-selfish act has begun.

Across Canada fans are calling on long track speed skater Gilmore Junio to be the flag bearer at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony later this month.

Earlier this week, Junio gave up his spot to teammate Denny Morrison. He believed Morrison had a better chance at winning a medal in the 1,000m long track speed skating event.

Morrison won silver thanks to Junio’s sacrifice.

Morrison himself started the movement to have his teammate honored.

He also said that he would cut his silver medal in half to share with Junio.

In the meantime, despite a crash, FilAm short track speed skater JR Celski and team USA did not fall out of the 5,000m team really.

Celski’s teammate Eddy Alvarez had his foot swept under him during the semifinals of the race.

Because of the ruled interference, the team was advanced into next week’s finals.

Meanwhile, a Philippine athlete’s historic run has come to an end in Sochi.

Philippine figure skater Michael Christian Martinez competed in the free skate competition today, scoring 119.44.

Combined with his 64.81 score in yesterday’s short program, the youngest figure skater in this year’s game had a total of 184.25 points—good enough to finish in 19th place.

The 17-year-old from Muntinlupa became the first Philippine and Southeast Asian representative to make it into the Olympic figure skating competition.

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