San Jose, California – We interrupt the news to bring you this very historic Philippine Olympic moment, direct from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia! Seventeen year-old Michael Christian Martinez skated to the music of “Romeo & Juliet” in the men’s short program of the figure skating competitions. The youngest of the 30 competitors, Michael finished No. 19 and made it to the “magic 24” that will advance to the free skate program on February 14. He is the first Filipino and Southeast Asian figure skater to earn a spot at the Winter Olympics.
Sochi, Russia – Russia is trying hard to put its best foot forward in hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, but scenes showing empty seats at the Iceberg Skating Palace and other venues are causing a big headache for President Vladimir Putin and Russian Olympic officials.
In an emergency meeting held at the Kremlin, the Russian government has decided to suspend all travel visa requirements as well as give away Olympic venue tickets in order to fill the empty seats. It is also considering subsidizing airfares from anywhere in the world to Sochi for the next two weeks.
The Putin government has also reportedly paid NBC and other media companies covering the winter games to refrain from photographing or aiming their television cameras at the empty seats during all scheduled events.
Sochi, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin was arrested Sunday night for violating his own government’s laws prohibiting the public display of homosexuality.
The arrest came shortly after the Russians won the gold medal in the team skating competition, beating out Canada and the United States. Putin, who was in the audience all evening, rushed to the athletes’ stand and embraced the handsome Evgeni Plushenko.
Putin was booked but later released after making a public apology. “I just could not contain myself, ” he said, “and I am really sorry for bringing embarassment to Russia.”