Skating will always remain a dream for me because I never learned to skate even if my Cebuana friend, Daisy had many times convinced me to do so. Those graceful movements and those daring acts like the popular basic jumps—(Waltz Jump, Salchow, Toe Loop, Loop, Flip, Lutz, and Axel) while doing a particular programme on ice would make me glued on our TV set when I was young.
When I slid and fell in the middle of a highway in Suihua, China, and there was a car careering towards me and my co-teacher, a Chinese local—I have realized, maybe, if I knew how to skate, I wouldn’t have to slip just that.
Another thing that I can relate easily to figure skating is the 1992 film titled ‘The Cutting Edge’ with D.B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly as the lead stars and skater-sweethearts.
There was one line I still can vividly remember and let me share this here:
Doug (Sweeney): What difference does it make?
Kate (Kelly): The difference is… I’m in the mood to kick a little ass.
But so much with that…
The Philippines have been cheering the first-ever Filipino who made it to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, and that is no other than—the 17-year-old Michael Christian Martinez. He placed fifth in the 2013 World Junior Championships and won two senior international medals. Also, he is the first skater from Southeast Asia to qualify for the Olympics.
Who wouldn’t be proud of him?
Despite the non-support of government, he managed to make a name and put our country alongside the giants in figure skating. Watching him performed last night was breathtaking. Though he may not have brought any medal; the pride he got from competing with other skaters from other parts of the globe is more than enough to celebrate.
Give it another four years, and he is well-equipped to compete and be fierce enough to unleash what he can do on ice.
Another male figure skater that took my breath away was 19-year-old Japanese star Yuzuru Hanyu has become the youngest skater for 66 years to take gold in the men’s figure skating. His moves were spectacular. So fluid that you could almost feel and see that he’s simply floating and breezing through the competition in the short programme on Thursday, February 13 and was the first skater to surpass the 100-point mark.
He may have failed after he made the rotation for the quad in the opening seconds. He slipped on his landing and badly lost his footing. His other fall was during his triple flip, he crouched on the ice, his head bowed.
However, the judges awarded him 178.64 points and also had a combined score of 280.09, which was enough to earn him the gold medal.
To Martinez and to Hanyu, they both rock! There are two things I have learned and that people can learn from both skaters—THEY BOTH KNOW NOT TO GIVE UP their dreams and THEY BOTH KNOW HOW TO GIVE THEIR BEST SHOTS amid all the pressures.