PH skaters bid farewell to Beijing Olympic hopes – Manila bulletin


PH skaters bid farewell to the Beijing Olympics

Filipino Canadian Edrian Celestino and Filipino American Sofia Frank have said goodbye to their Beijing 2022 Olympic hopefuls after completing their figure skating campaign at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany, this weekend.

Filipino skaters Edrian Celestino (second from left) and Sofia Frank (second from right) pose with Philippine Skating Union (PHSU) President Nikki Cheng ahead of the 2021 Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany. Also pictured are their coaches Nicholas Young and Nicole Larsen. (Photo from PHSU Facebook page)

Celestino placed 18th overall out of 30 skaters in the men’s division while Frank placed 24th overall among 37 women.

Only the top seven skaters in the men’s category will qualify for the 2022 Winter Games while the top six skaters in the women’s division will advance.

Celestino had 176.10 points, combining 111.78 in his free skate and 64.32 in the short program.

Frank, for his part, scored 81.13 points in the free skate and 47.65 points in the short program for a total of 128.78 points.

Despite missing out on the spot for the Beijing Olympics, the two skaters qualified for the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships (4CC) as top skaters from Canada, Japan, China and the United States wait. Frank and Celestino.

The Four Continents event scheduled for Jan. 17-22 in Tianjin, China, has been postponed due to “travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, security concerns and logistical challenges” deemed “extremely difficult.”

A decision on the final date and next host is expected next week, October 1.

Meanwhile, Michael Martinez remained the only skater from the Philippines who represented the country at the Winter Games, competing in both Sochi 2014 and 2018 Pyeongchang.




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