LAKEWOOD, Calif. – The Philippine’s ice prince Michael Martinez took to the ice this weekend as he puts in his final preparations for next week’s U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Utah.
Michael Martinez is among 18 skaters competing in Utah.
“I’m kind of nervous to compete next week because I wasn’t prepared for this competition but I’ll do my best,” said Martinez.
Martinez has been practicing with several coaches since his Los Angeles arrival earlier this month. This season, he’s nabbed gold at the Triglav Trophy in Slovenia and the Asian Open in Thailand.
“I feel better,” said Martinez. “I feel like I can do better in the next competitions but there’s still a lot of things to improve because on those competitions I saw things like choreography and jumps that needs to be polished.”
The often injured 18-year-old who’s withdrawn from a handful events in the past year says in this past season he’s grown tougher, as he deals with the pains.
“It’s part of being an athlete,” said Martinez. “You have an injury that won’t go away because you’re training every day. You’re doing the jumps and it won’t go away.”
Martinez will compete in the men’s short program on the 17th while the free skate is scheduled for the 18th.
With each victory, and each strong finish Martinez continues to move up the world rankings and puts him in better position to clinch his spot in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.