The 22-year-old from Spain has risen steadily since his 14th-place finish at the 2010 Vancouver Games, coming in ninth at the 2012 World Championships before winning bronze at Worlds in 2013. Fernandez, who has two consecutive Spanish national championships under his belt, won his first-ever European Championships title in 2013, then repeated last month for a second straight Euros win.
- 2014 European Championships - Gold
- 2010 and 2012-2014 Spanish National Championships - Gold
- 2013 World Championships - Bronze
- 2013 European Championships - Gold
- 2011 Grand Prix Final - Bronze
Things to know:
1. Fernandez began skating at the age of six in Spain when his older sister, then eight, saw skating on TV and wanted to try it. He did group lessons locally before eventually training at a camp run by Yevgeny Plushenko in the summers.
2. Now training with Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser in Toronto, Fernandez oftentimes rides his bike to the rink, which he says takes five to ten minutes.
3. If he could meet any other athlete, Javier says it would be tennis player and fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal.