Skating body helping Martinez’ 2022 Winter Olympics bid

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The local figure skating body is helping facilitate the bid of the country's bet to the 2022 Winter Olympics, two-time Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez himself says.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) — The local figure skating body is helping facilitate the bid of the country's bet to the 2022 Winter Olympics, two-time Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez himself said.

“My management Virtual Playground and the Philippine Skating Federation, they're doing their very best to help me out and look for sponsors. For now, we really decided to put up a GoFundMe and hopefully it'll help,” Martinez told CNN Philippines, adding that it is difficult to look for sponsors during the pandemic.

Geoffried Viz, a member of Martinez’s camp, recently launched a GoFundMe drive “Michael Martinez - Road to 2022 Winter Olympics” with a goal to raise $49,320 to help in the figure skater's training expenses in the United States. Over 120 donors have so far contributed $4,600.

“Figure skating is a very expensive sport,” Viz wrote, saying they are spending around $16,000 per month for coaching and accommodation fees, medication, athletic training supplies, food, and among others.

The 24-year-old figure skater from Muntinlupa City is training in New Jersey under the guidance of Russian coach Nikolai Morozov, who produced Olympic and world champions.

Martinez, who is also regarded as the country's ‘Ice Prince,’ is looking to clinch one of the seven tickets left for figure skating in the Beijing games when he competes at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany on Sept. 22-25.

After gaining more body mass, Martinez said he is now “a lot stronger and more matured” and planning to fire a quadruple jump, a four-revolution jump landed by only a few figure skaters so far.

“This time it's 100% different. I'm a lot stronger, a lot mature than before. My jump is a lot stronger and a lot easier,” Martinez said. “We're actually thinking of, hopefully, to put it on a quad jump already for Nebelhorn or at the Olympics.”

Martinez saw action at the 2014 Sochi - where he was the only Filipino delegate - and 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

He made history as the first Southeast Asian to compete at the Winter Olympics