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Michael Martinez gains spot in Winter Olympics

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez is headed to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, after all.

This, after a skater from Sweden withdrew in the event, opening up a spot for Martinez.

The Filipino barely missed the Olympic qualifying cut as he finished in 8th place in the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany last year. Only the Top 7 from that event would make it to South Korea for the Winter Games.

However, his eighth place finish meant that he would be the first alternate should a skater withdraw from the Games.

"I got a message from the POC (Philippine Olympic Committee), and the federation. They said, 'Michael, you're in,'" Martinez said. "I was pretty shocked."

Photo: Philippine Star
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