- Angelica and Mark Yulo, Carlos’ parents, admitted they thought their son won’t make it to the championship
- It was because Carlos never reached the 15-mark in his previous tournaments
- But when the news came out, the family went wild in celebrating the victory even if they were miles away from Carlos
A phone call confirming that Carlos Yulo, the Philippines’ gymnast prodigy, has just won the gold medal and finally a world champion, roused Angelica and Mark, Carlos’ parents, from sleep late of October 12.
A wild celebration then followed in the household of the Yulos after learning that the 19-year-old Carlos bagged the gold medal in the floor exercise in the men’s apparatus finals at the Gymnastics World Championships in Germany.
“Hindi po namin akalain kasi never pa naka-15 points si Caloy sa floor exercise. 14.8 po kasi ang best score niya,” Angelica admitted as her son mentioned her in international television saying: Ma, naka-gold ako.
[We did not expect that (he will win) because Caloy never reached 15 points before. 14.8 points is his best score.]
The historic win made Carlos want to cry during the awarding ceremony but he admitted to his mom that he was too shy to even cry.
Angelica revealed on the same report that Carlos called them on the wee hours in Germany to say that he could not sleep due to overflowing happiness. For someone who had to be away from his family at such young age to train in a foreign land, it was just understandable that Carlos could not sleep after achieving the unthinkable.
The young Filipino gymnast has been training and is now based in Japan.
His parents also revealed in a report that some American schools had invited Carlos in the past but he turned them down due to his loyalty to his current Japanese coach, Munehiro Kugimiya.
“Siyempre po kasi yung utang na loob niya kay coach Mune (Munehiro Kugimiya). Kasi siya na ’yung naghirap sa kaniya. Siya na yung tumayong tatay niya sa Japan. Si coach Mune na ang gumawa ng lahat para sa kaniya,” Angelica said, explaining his son’s decision to stick with his coach.
[Of course, because he owes Coach Mune everything. He was the one who worked on Carlos, he even became his father in Japan. Coach Mune has done everything for him.]