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First Filipino skater to qualify for Olympics given hero's welcome home

Filipino Olympic skater Michael Martinez arrived home to a grand welcome after making history at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

MANILA: Filipino Olympic skater Michael Martinez arrived home to a grand welcome after making history at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

He is the first skater from the Philippines as well as Southeast Asia to qualify for the event.

The sole Filipino at the Winter Olympics competed in the men's figure skating final.

He came in 19th overall, well above expectations.

Martinez thanked his supporters for giving him the strength to pursue his dream.

He spoke of the challenges he faced competing on the world stage.

"Because I'm competing against the veterans and (who are) much older than me, and more experienced than me, so that is the most difficult for me. I come from a tropical country and am less experienced and much younger," said Martinez.

You can catch an exclusive Channel NewsAsia interview with Michael Martinez on Primetime Asia at 7pm on Tuesday.
 

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