PH celebrates homecoming of its lone Olympian Michael Martinez

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 24, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The Winter Olympics has wrapped up and, with or without medals, some Filipinos have finished on high notes.

Redemption for the US speed skating team, led by Filipino American JR Celski, after what has been a medal-less Olympics.

The men’s speed skating team took home the silver medal in the relay race, losing by a fraction of a second to host country Russia.

It is Celski’s first career silver medal. He took home bronze in the same event four years ago.

While Filipino-Canadia speed skater Gilmore Junio may have given up his shot at a medal to pave the way for a Canadian teammate to get silver in the 1,000-meter long track race, a Canadian design firm has launch an Indiegogo campaign to give Junio a special medal.

Jackknife design has proposed honoring Junio with a special medal if it can raise $7,000.

The unique medal would represent Junio’s sacrifice for his team and country.

In the meantime, the Philippines’ Michael Christian Martinez skipped out on the closing ceremonies and instead came home to a hero’s welcome.

The history making figure skater Martinez arrived back in the Philippines over the weekend where he was greeted by a motorcade that ran through Manila, Makati and Pasay City, taking him to SM Mall of Asia.

Martinez received a key to the city of Pasay and an additional $10,000 from SM’s Hans Sy.

Martinez, who first picked up skating in SM’s ice skating rink, was also given lifetime skating privileges at SM.

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