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Skating union rules delay Michael Martinez’ Olympic bid

The Philippines “ice prince,” Michael Martinez, will have to wait a few months before he qualifies for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Martinez, who had been training in Southern California, finished 24th at the world championships in Helsinki, Finland.

While the cutoff for Olympic qualification was for the top 24, an International Skating Union rule bumped him and several other skaters off of the Olympic list.

The rule allows countries that have 2 or more Top 13 finishers to advance to the Olympics.

With countries such as Japan, the US and Russia have two top 13 qualifiers — they were allowed to have a third skater.

Martinez will have another chance to qualify for the Olympics at the Nebblehorn Trophy in Germany later this year.

The top six from that competition will advance to the Olympics.

 

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