Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) – The Filipino figure skaters did not win a medal at the 2021 Finlandia Trophy, but one stood out with his historic performance.
Rising Filipino figure skater Sofia Frank reached a milestone in her young career on Saturday after securing the highest score in the short program for a Filipino skater in a competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union.
Frank, 16, scored 53.30 points in her short program where she performed a triple lutz, a triple toe loop and a double axel.
Born in Los Angeles, Frank received 29.21 points for her technical score and 24.09 points in the program category.
The Filipino skater is currently 17th out of 26 skaters for women.
Frank, who is in his second major tournament representing the Philippines after the Nebelhorn 2022 Winter Olympics qualifying trophy, will return to the rink on Sunday night for the free skating program.
Meanwhile, Filipino figure skaters Michael Martinez and Christophe Caluza finished bottom of the overall standings in the men’s division.
Martinez, a two-time winter Olympian, finished with a total score of 156.78 points, placing 24th out of 26 male skaters.
Martinez scored 55.62 points in the short program and 101.16 points in the free skate category.
2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist Caluza finished in 25th place with 156.24 points.
Caluza managed to register 59.74 points in the short program, but settled for 96.50 points in the free skating event.
American Jason Brown led the field with 262.52 points while Russia’s Mikhail Kolyada (256.98) and Dmitri Aliev (249.25) won silver and bronze respectively.