Friday, February 23, 2018

World-class ice skating faciities welcomes Michael Christian Martinez at the Olympic-size rink inside SM Mal of Asia

"Competing at the level of the winter Olympics, in the company of world-class figure skating talents, and performing in front of the world, is already a reward. I am honored to have represented the country int hat tournament and hope I have become an inspiration to the next generation of ice athletes." ~Michael Christian Martinez

Michael Christian Martinez represented the country at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea where he came up short in his bid to advance in the men's singles figure skating event. Despite the setback, the winter Olympian is honored to be given the chance to compete once more in the global ice tournament. 

"We are grateful for the sacrifices made and dedication showed by Michael Martinez in the just-concluded winter Olympics. He has become not only a source of pride but also an inspiration especially for the budding ice athletes who, I believe, will carry our country's colors in future international competitions." ~Herman Emiliano Medina-Cue, SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. Chief Operating Officer

Martinez was welcomed home by his family, supporters, and fans. He was also presented with a certificate of recognition for his efforts in representing the country and heralding ice skating in the Philippines to new heights. 

Martinez had a relatively short time to prepare as the Philippines was only advised and allowed to compete as a first alternate after Olympic qualifier Sweden withdrew in January. Prior to his return to the winter Olympics, Martinez won the silver medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. 

Home of the country's ice athletes 
SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. has been supporting the development of Filipino ice athletes, including the Southeast Asian Games gold medal-winning PhiUppine Ice Hockey team, and various ice sports in the country by implementing the SM ice skating sports program and maintaining Olympic-size ice skating rinks in Metro Manila and Cebu City. 

Some of the young athletes who train at SM Skating are figure skaters Jules Alpe, Alisson Perticheto, Samantha Cabiles, and Sofia Guidote. 

The ice skating rink at the SM Mall of Asia can host not only recreational and competitive figure skating and speed skating events but also ice hockey games. 

Located at the main mall's third level, the 1,800-square meter rink boasts of complete facilities for hockey games such as a digital scoreboard, players' boxes, scorekeeper and penalty boxes as well as two locker rooms with hot and cold shower.

Visitors can conveniently watch practices, training, exhibitions, shows, games, and tournaments at the 200-seater stands located around the rink. Those wanting to take a quick bite can head to the snack booth for hotdogs, burgers, nachos, popcorn, coffee cakes, pastries and ice-cold beverages. 

The ice skating rink also has a spacious lobby and multi-purpose rooms for sports training, meetings, and social functions while a clinic provides immediate first-aid assistance for any minor sports-related injuries. 

About SM Skating 
Starting as a leisure rink built by the inspired Henry Sy Sr. whose interest was piqued by the grace and class of figure skating, the SM Skating Rink possesses the only Olympic sized ice skating rinks in the entire country. Aside from being a venue for events and leisurely skating, the SM Skating Rink also provides lessons for Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, and other sports on ice. Proving right of Henry Sy Sr.'s vision of a tropical country excelling in a winter-based sport, the SM Skating Rink has been home to world-class figure skaters, such as Michael Martinez, who internationally compete in prestigious championships such as the Winter Olympics in Sochi. This year, the SM Skating Rink will introduce more sports and activities to the team on the ice, and events that will cater to the existing and new water-based sports. 

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