Edrian Celestino lost his chance to see action in the Beijing Winter Olympics after getting ill on the second day of the 2021 Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany early Saturday (Manila time).
The Filipino-Canadian skating sensation posted 111.78 points in free skate and 64.32 points in the short program to amass 176.10 points for an 18th-place finish in this prestigious tournament that offers a ticket to the Winter Games next year.
His scores were way off the mark as only the top seven skaters would be given a free ride to the Olympics that would be held in Beijing.
In a telephone interview, Philippine Skating Union president Nikki Cheng said Celestino’s condition affected his performance. He already had an RT-PCR test to check if he is positive for Covid-19.
“Last night, Edrian had a fever. I found out about it an hour before the competition. He was having chills and was sweating until midnight,” Cheng said.
“He wasn’t well rested. He was feeling better during the day but we can clearly see that he was not in optimal condition and he had a stuffy nose so it was hard for an athlete to perform and have difficulty in breathing.”
“We’re hoping it’s not Covid. We had him tested and we’re still waiting for results.”
Still, Celestino managed to qualify for the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships set from 16 to 22 January in Tianjin, China.
Meanwhile, Sofia Frank is still trying to punch a ticket to the Winter Games as of press time.
The Filipino-American figure skater needs am impressive showing in women’s free skate to boost her chances of making it to the top six.