(Counter clockwise from top left: Martinez with Russian coach and Olympian Ilia Kulik; Mrs. Martinez with top figure skating coach John Nicks; Martinez with coach Scott Wendland; Kulik with Martinez in one of his exercises ; Martinez spinning in the air; Wendland teaches Martinez some moves; and Martinez doing leg exercises. Photos courtesy of SM’s Cora Guidote)
The Grand Prix is a series of senior international figure skating competitions in the 2014 to 2015 season. Medals will be awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Skaters will earn points based on their placement at each event and the top six in each discipline will qualify to compete at the Grand Prix Final to be held in Barcelona, Spain.
Skaters earn points throughout the Grand Prix Series to qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. The 2014 Grand Prix Final will be held on December 11 to 14 in Spain.
Organized by the ISU, the Grand Prix series sets the stage for the 2015 European, Four Continents, and World Championships. The corresponding series for junior-level skaters will be the 2014–15 ISU Junior Grand Prix.
Martinez took up figure skating when he was eight, inspired by skaters spinning and jumping while shopping with his mother at SM Southmall. He began training in 2010 in the United States and since then his lifelong dream has been to win an Olympic medal. Martinez has garnered over 190 medals and trophies from various international and local competitions.
Through the years, SM and the Philippine Skating Union (PSU) have conducted several figure skating competitions that have given birth to international champions such as Martinez.
The excellence demonstrated by skaters especially during competitions is a mark of quality that the SM Skating Rink can provide with its world-class venue and facilities. Property conglomerate SM Prime Holdings, Inc. operates skating rinks through SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. at the SM Mega Fashion Hall
in Mandaluyong, SM Mall of Asia
in Pasay, and SM Southmall
in Las Pinas.
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About SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.
SM Lifestyle Entertainment Incorporated
or SMLEI is the lifestyle and entertainment solutions company of SM Prime Holdings Inc. that offers the best in movies, events, leisure and technology. Starting with SM Cinema, the largest cinema exhibitor in the country, as its sole marque, the company grew into 12 major brands. Currently tucked under its belt are brands such as SM Cinema
, Director’s Club Cinema
, IMAX Theatre
, WM Cinemas
, SM Skating Rink
, SM Bowling and Leisure Center
, Snack Time
, e-PLUS Tap to Pay
, e-PLUS Digital
, Mall of Asia Arena
, and SM Tickets
. SMLEI aims to promote bonding activities among Filipino families and friends, through entertainment and leisure facilities, while advocating the ease of use and personalized service created to complement the Filipino lifestyle.
For information, contact:
Mr. Noel Resultay
Philippine Skating Union
Tel. No.: (+63917) 8317228
Ms. Stephanie Henares
Manager, PR and Social Corporate Marketing
SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.
Tel No.: (+63917) 5778374