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Javier Fernandez

ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2016 - Day 5
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Javier Fernandez

Javier Fernandez
  • Birth date 4/15/1991
  • Birthplace Madrid
  • Hometown Madrid
  • Residence Toronto
  • Height/Weight 5'8"/ 154 lbs
  • Olympics 2010, 2014

Biography

Before Javier Fernandez, a Spanish figure skater had never won a major international medal. But Fernandez transformed from a teenager that finished 14th at the Vancouver Olympics to the leading man of figure skating, with charisma that’s matched by his technical prowess. Now 27 years old, Fernandez’s achievements include two world championship and five European championship titles—but no Olympic medal… yet. He entered the 2014 Sochi Olympics as the reigning European champion with a reputation as one of the sport’s top jumpers, capable of scoring major points by doing multiple quadruple jumps in a program. But he missed out on the Olympic podium due to a quad Salchow that he accidentally turned into a triple, and finished fourth.

Fernandez has improved his consistency on his jumps in recent years, and became the main rival of 2014 Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu. The Japanese skater and Fernandez train together in Toronto, Canada, under coach and two-time Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser. While Hanyu may have the edge technically, Fernandez has shown a knack for delivering show-stopping performances under pressure—at both the 2015 and 2016 World Championships, Fernandez claimed the gold with clean, confident programs after Hanyu suffered falls in the free skate.

For the Olympic season, Fernandez started off with a win over Hanyu at the Autumn Classic. Fernandez’s Grand Prix assignments took him to China, where he finished sixth, and France, where he won. His next competition was January’s 2018 European Championships, where he won his sixth consecutive gold medal.
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Getting to know Javier Fernandez

1

Carried Spain’s flag at the 2014 Sochi Opening Ceremony

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Is an ambassador for La Liga, and is a huge Real Madrid fan

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Lost his skates before winning major competitions: 2013 Europeans, 2017 Worlds

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