Very inspiring story of a 17 yr old Filipino Skater who made it to the Top 24 without support from the government of the Philippines
Four bows, to be exact, though no one could blame him. He didn't seem to want to leave the ice Thursday night, and no one was going to blame him for that, either.
This wasn't the shopping mall in the Philippines, where he learned his jumps and spins while trying to avoid parents and their kids skating by on family outings. This was the Iceberg Skating Palace and this was the Olympics, where the teenager was desperate for the skate of his young life.
The family home had already been mortgaged to pay for his skating. He made a plea on Facebook for proper Olympic attire, fortunately a designer in NY donated a sequined and braided black and white outfit.
Martinez took the biggest stage of his life, skating just two spots before the great Evgeni Plushenko was supposed to go in front of a capacity crowd at the Olympic arena.