Men Free Skating
ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia

Fernández: Never stop believing in you

There was no Spanish man between 1956 and 2010 to skate at the Olympics. V Only 300 registered figure skaters were present in the country and only 10 artificial skating rinks with the necessary proportions.

But then he came.

“Before I broke through, a lot of people did not even know that there are some figure skaters in Spain,” said Javier Fernandez, the son of a military worker and a postal clerk.

He played football and tennis, but when he was six, his older sister Laura brought him to the sport, which she does also herself. He began on the tiny rink in San Martín.
Already in twelve he performed triple jumps. But when he was learning a triple Axel, he had nobody in Spain from whom to learn it by watching. During his debut at the World Championships he ended on the thirty-fifth place.
In 2009, a Russian coach Nikolai Morozov appeared and offered him that he would coach him at its center in American Hackensack. He then left beyond the ocean without speaking a word in English and without having a back financial support of the Spanish Federation.
However, the win was already the move to Canada to a former world champion Brian Orser. “Can it be a good figure skater from the country of toreadors?” asked the Toronto reporters.

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It can. And how good! In the group with another mega talent Yuzuru Hanyu he was growing every year.
With the Charlie Chaplin´s creation in Zagreb in 2013 he became the European champion for the first time. Since then, he has not left the European throne. In Shanghai 2015, he conquered the world for the first time. And last year in Boston he defended it in his breath-taking in free program.
“Superjavi,” the Spanish daily paper As called him in the headlines after that achievement, while the tabloid Marca wrote: “The second gold ranked him among the legends.”

He received congratulations from politicians, tennis player Rafael Nadal and even the opera icon Antonio Banderas. Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso sent a message on social networks to Fernandez: “You were like a machine.”
But in fact he was losing after the short program to Hanyu by 12 points, and in addition, he struggled with a heel pain.
However, perfect free skate which he performed on the music of Frank Sinatra surpassed all the criteria. It was not just a sport anymore but an artistic theatrical work. “The best skate I’ve ever seen at the World Championships,” said Brian Orser. “The experience that I will remember for a lifetime,” said a Czech champion Michal Březina.
The 25-year-old Javier Fernández only smiled. “Never stop believing in you,” he reminded.