Michael Martinez at the opening ceremony of Sochi Olympics

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The Philippines made its return to the Winter Olympics early Saturday, with 17-year-old figure skater Michael Christian Martinez carrying the flag during the opening ceremonies as the country’s lone representative to the Sochi Games.

The Paranaque born and raised Martinez will be up against world renowned figure skater on February 13, 2014 in the short-program competition.

His target is to make it to the top 24 in the short program competition, in order to advance to the free skating competition on February 14, 2014.

The task of making it to the elite 24 in the short program is quite difficult for the 17 year old Pinoy figure skater, but he said that he will give his everything to make his country proud.

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