Once again, winter Olympian Michael Martinez represented our country in a global ice competition after a called back to carry the Philippine flag in the 2018 Winter Olympics held in PyeongChang, South Korea. Michael proved his mettle anew despite a limited time preparation. He may have come up short in his bid to advance in the men’s figure skating event but that setback did not hinder as he still felt honoured to be given the chance to compete once more.
Last February 22, 2018, SM Skating Rink, a major patron in the country’s ice sports program welcomed home our Olympian hero. And before his family, friends and fans, he was given a certificate of recognition for his efforts in representing the country and heralding ice skating in the Philippines to new heights.
Mr. Herman Emiliano Medina-Cue, SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. chief operating officer, in his welcome home speech said, “We are grateful for the sacrifices made and dedication shown 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.”
Michael also shared the events leading to the 2018 winter Olympics and expressed his sentiments. “Competing at that 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 honoured to have represented the country in that tournament and hope I have become an inspiration to the next generation of ice athletes,” he said.
It is also during the recognition that SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. vowed to continue developing the talents and skills of young, aspiring athletes in their bid for future winter Olympics game and other tournaments.
Beside figure skating, SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. also help in the development of other Filipino ice athletes, including the Southeast Asian Games gold medal-winning Philippine Ice Hockey team and various ice sports in the country.
The SM Skating Rink has been Michael’s training ground even before he began to compete and similarly, some of our today’s young athletes like figure skaters Jules Alpe, Alisson Perticheto, Samantha Cabiles, and Sofia Guidote trains at SM Skating.
The ice skating rink at the SM Mall of Asia is located at the main mall’s third level. The 1,800-square meter rink boasts of complete facilities where can host not only recreational and competitive figure skating and speed skating events but also ice hockey games. Speaking of hockey, the rink provides for digital scoreboard, players’ boxes, scorekeeper and penalty boxes as well as two locker rooms with hot and cold shower.
Its space can accommodate visitors who can conveniently watch practices, training, exhibitions, shows, games and tournaments with its 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.