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Javier Fernandez
2011 Grand Prix Final Javier FERNANDEZ.jpg
Fernandez in 2011.
Personal information
Full name Javier Fernández López
Country represented Spain
Born (1991-04-15) 15 April 1991 (age 24)
Madrid, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Coach Brian Orser, Tracy Wilson
Former coach Nikolai Morozov, Ivan Saez, Carolina Sanz, Jordi Lafarga
Choreographer David Wilson, Antonio Najarro, Jeffrey Buttle, Kurt Browning
Former choreographer Nikolai Morozov, Ivan Saez, Carolina Sanz, Corrado Giordani
Skating club Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club
Ice Leganes Madrid
Former skating club Sad Majadahonda
Training locations Toronto
Former training locations Madrid, Hackensack, Daugavpils, Moscow
Began skating 1997
World standing 2 (As of 28 March 2015)[1]
Season's bests 4 (2013–14)[2]
1 (2012–13)[3]
5 (2011–12)[4]
15 (2010–11)[5]
22 (2009–10)[6]
38 (2008–09)[7]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 275.93
2014 Worlds
Short program 96.42
2014 Worlds
Free skate 186.07
2013 Europeans
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Fernández and the second or maternal family name is López.

Javier Fernández López (born 15 April 1991 in Madrid) is a Spanish figure skater. He is the 2015 World champion, a two-time World bronze medalist (2013, 2014), a three-time European champion (2013, 2014, 2015), the 2014–15 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, and a five-time Spanish national champion. Fernández represented Spain at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. He is the first skater from Spain to medal at an ISU Championships or a Grand Prix event.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Javier Fernández López was born on 15 April 1991 in Madrid.[10] His older sister, Laura, competed in ladies' singles and ice dancing.[11] Fernández intends to become a coach after his competitive skating career ends.[12] He is a fan of the Real Madrid football club.[13] He moved to Canada after Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson became his coaches and currently resides in Toronto.[14]

Fernandez is currently in a relationship with figure skater, Miki Ando, whom he had trained with while both were being coached by Nikolai Morozov, and began dating in the fall of 2014.[14][15][16][17]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Fernández started skating at the age of six, after his older sister began taking lessons.[11][18] For a while, he also played soccer, tennis, and ice hockey, but dropped the other sports to focus on skating at age eight.[19] He skated at a small rink in the San Martín district before switching a year later to a rink in Majadahonda.[19] Fernández landed his first triple jump at the age of 12.[11] When he was 17, Russian coach Nikolai Morozov offered to work with him in the United States; Fernández quickly agreed and relocated to Hackensack, New Jersey.[19][20]

Fernández began skating in senior events in the 2006–07 season, but failed to qualify for the long program at the European Championships and the World Championships in his debut season. He had a breakthrough year in 2008–09, finishing 11th at the 2009 Europeans and qualifying a spot for Spain for the Olympics with a 19th place showing at the 2009 Worlds — he was the first Spanish men's skater to qualify for the Olympics since 1956.[11]

2009–2010 season[edit]

Fernandez at the 2011 World Championships.

In 2009–10, Fernández received his first senior Grand Prix assignment, the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard where he finished 11th. He was eighth at the 2010 European Championships, earning two spots for Spain in the following year's event. In his first Olympics, Fernández placed 16th in the short program, 10th in the free skate, and finished 14th overall. He was the first man in half a century to compete for Spain in Olympic figure skating – since the 1956 Olympics when Dario Villalba competed.[21][22]

Fernández set a new personal best score on his way to a 12th place finish at the 2010 World Championships. He added the 4T to his jump repertoire in the 2009–10 season.

2010–2011 season[edit]

After Morozov moved back to Russia, Fernández trained with him in Moscow and also Daugavpils in neighboring Latvia. His assigned events for the 2010-11 ISU Grand Prix season were the 2010 Skate Canada International and the 2010 Cup of Russia.[23] He placed fifth at Skate Canada and ninth at Cup of Russia. At the 2011 Spanish Championships, Fernández cut his hand during the warm-up and received medical attention for twenty minutes, leaving him no time to warm up again.[24] He was unable to defend his title, placing second behind Javier Raya. Since Spain had two men's slots at the 2011 European Championships due to Fernández' result the previous year, both skaters were sent to Bern, Switzerland. Fernández fell twice in the short program, leaving him in eleventh place, but was able to move up to ninth after the free skate and once again earned two spots for Spain at the next Europeans. At the 2011 World Championships, Fernández landed two different quads (toe loop and salchow) in the long program. He earned his first top-ten finish at the event, giving Spain two spots for the 2012 Worlds men's event.[25]

In June 2011, Fernández confirmed that he was no longer working with Morozov and would temporarily train in Canada with Brian Orser, citing Morozov's focus on Florent Amodio.[24] He said adding a quad to his short program and improving his basic skating were some of his goals for the 2011–12 season.[24]

2011–2012 season[edit]

Fernández finished 4th at his first competition of the season, the 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy. At an interview conducted at the event, he said that he would continue to train in Canada, with David Wilson and Jeffrey Buttle as his choreographers.[12] Fernández and Orser said they were working on saving energy and improving spins, transitions and skating skills.[26]

His assigned events for the 2011–12 Grand Prix season were Skate Canada and Cup of Russia. At Skate Canada, Fernández executed the only clean quadruple jump in the short program to take the lead over Daisuke Takahashi and Patrick Chan.[27] He placed second in the free skate and won the silver medal overall, exceeding his combined total personal best by over thirty points. He became the first Spanish skater to win a Grand Prix medal.[9] At the Cup of Russia, he placed fourth in the short program, first in the free skate, and finished second overall with an overall total of 241.63 points — only 0.03 behind gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan.[28] Fernández became the first Spanish skater to ever qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final when he qualified for the 2011–12 event. In Quebec City, he was third in the short program and fourth in the long to win the bronze medal, and in so doing, became the first Spaniard to medal at a Grand Prix Final.[29][30][31] Fernandez reclaimed his national title, winning by over eighty points.[32]

The remainder of the season proved less successful for Fernandez. Although considered a medal favorite at the 2012 Europeans, he finished sixth.[33] At the 2012 World Championships, Fernandez placed fifth in the short program but dropped to ninth overall after the free skate.[34]

2012–2013 season[edit]

ISU abbreviations:
Jumps
T Toe loop
S Salchow
Lo Loop
F Flip
Lz Lutz
A Axel

Fernández started his season at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy[35] where he picked up the bronze medal. His first Grand Prix event of the season was the 2012 Skate Canada, where he beat defending Skate Canada and World champion, Patrick Chan, to take the gold medal. Fernández became the first Spaniard to win a gold medal in the Grand Prix series. Despite his fourth place at the 2012 NHK Trophy, he qualified for the Grand Prix Final. He finished fourth overall at the final after winning the free program with a 4S-3T jump combination, 4S, and 4T.[36] He became the second European to execute three quads in one program — the first being Brian Joubert who landed a 4T-2T combination, 4T, and 4S at the 2006 Cup of Russia[37] — and the first European to do so with a quad-triple combination.

In December 2012, Fernández won his third national title.[38] At the 2013 European Championships, he missed some practice time due to his skates being lost at the airport but they were found one day before the start of the competition.[39] Second in the short program, he then placed first in the free skate, landing three quads jumps with one in combination.[40][41] He won the gold medal and became the first Spanish skater to win a European title.[42][43] He posted a new personal best overall score of 274.87 points. He later joked, "I have to make sure I lose my skates again!"[44]

At the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario, Fernández placed 7th in the short program and 4th in the free skate. Finishing with a total score of 249.06 points, he placed third in the overall standings and won the bronze medal behind three-time World champion Patrick Chan and silver medalist Denis Ten. He became the first Spanish skater to stand on a World Championships podium in figure skating.

2013–2014 season[edit]

In October 2013, Fernández was invited to skate at the 2013 Japan Open as part of Team Europe alongside Michal Březina, Adelina Sotnikova and Irina Slutskaya. He scored 176.91 points in the free program and won the men's event while Team Europe placed third. In the 2013–14 Grand Prix season, Fernández placed fifth at the 2013 NHK Trophy and third at the 2013 Rostelecom Cup — not enough to qualify for the Grand Prix Final. In December, he won his fourth national title.

Fernández chose to use old skates after struggling with two new pairs of boots.[45] At the 2014 European Championships, Fernández placed first in both segments and won the European title for the second year in a row. In February, he competed in the men's singles event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.[46] He placed third in the short program and fifth in the free skate, ultimately coming in fourth, 1.18 points behind Olympic bronze medalist Denis Ten of Kazakhstan. Fernández ended his season with a bronze medal at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan.

2014–2015 season[edit]

Initially, Fernández had wanted to sit out of the Grand Prix series to focus on the Europeans and the World Championships, however decided to take part after he found out that the 2014-15 Grand Prix Final would be held in his home country in Barcelona.[47]

Fernández began the 2014–15 Grand Prix season with a silver medal at the 2014 Skate Canada International, where he finished eleven points behind Japan's Takahito Mura. Defeating Russia's Sergei Voronov by thirteen points, he won gold at the 2014 Rostelecom Cup and qualified for his third Grand Prix Final. At the Final, held in Barcelona, he placed fifth in the short program, second in the free skate, and won the silver medal behind Yuzuru Hanyu.

Fernández then went on to compete at the 2015 Europeans where he won his third-straight European title after winning both the short and long program.

At the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai, where he finished 2nd after the short program and free skate. He scored a total of 273.90 and won his first World Title, ahead of Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu (silver), and Olympic Bronze Medalist Denis Ten (bronze). By winning the World Title, he became the first skater from Spain to win a World Championship.

2015-2016 season[edit]

For the 2015-2016 Grand Prix series, Fernandez was assigned to compete at 2015 Cup of China and 2015 Rostelecom Cup.[48]

Programs[edit]

Fernández at the 2010 World Championships.
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2015-2016
[49][50]
2014-2015
[10][51]
  • Bull Fighter




2013–2014
[53][54][55][56]

2012–2013
[35][57]

  • Aerobic Class (Mix)
    choreo. by Kurt Browning and Geoffrey Tyler[52]
2011–2012
[58]

  • The Lazy Song
    by Bruno Mars
    choreo. by Jeffrey Buttle
2010–2011
[21]
2009–2010
[59][60]
(at Worlds)

(at Olympics)

  • James Bond
    (medley)

(at Europeans)

  • The Mexican
2008–2009
[61][62]

  • Romeo and Juliet
    (soundtrack)
2007–2008
[63]
2006–2007
[64]

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season); JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[65]
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015-16
Olympics 14th 4th
Worlds 35th 30th 19th 12th 10th 9th 3rd 3rd 1st
Europeans 28th 17th 11th 8th 9th 6th 1st 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 3rd 4th 2nd
GP Bompard 11th
GP NHK Trophy 4th 5th
GP Cup of China TBD
GP Rostelecom 9th 2nd 3rd 1st TBD
GP Skate Canada 5th 2nd 1st 2nd
Cup of Nice 3rd 5th
Finlandia 3rd
Golden Spin 13th
Merano Cup 1st
Nebelhorn 4th
NRW Trophy 3rd
International: Junior[65]
Junior Worlds 13th
JGP Estonia 9th
JGP Mexico 6th
JGP Netherlands 23rd
JGP Spain 4th
JGP U.K. 11th
EYOF 4th J.
Gardena 5th J.
National[65]
Spanish Champ. 1st J. 1st J. 1st J. 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Team events[66][67]
Japan Open 3rd T
(1st P)
1st T
(2nd P)
J. = Junior level, TBD = Assigned, WD = Withdrew
T = Team result, P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

2003–2006[edit]

International[65]
Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Merano Cup 3rd N.
Triglav Trophy 4th N.
National
Spanish Championships 2nd
N. = Novice level

Detailed results[edit]

Fernandez at the 2014 World Championships podium
Fernandez and his fellow medalists at the 2013 World Championships
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
23–29 March 2015 2015 World Championships 2
92.74
2
181.16
1
273.90
26 January – 1 February 2015 2015 European Championships 1
89.24
1
173.25
1
262.49
19–21 December 2014 2015 Spanish Championships 1
87.06
1
168.05
1
255.11
11–14 December 2014 2014–15 Grand Prix Final 5
79.18
2
174.72
2
253.90
14–16 November 2014 2014 Rostelecom Cup 1
93.92
1
172.09
1
265.01.
31 October – 2 November 2014 2014 Skate Canada 1
86.36
2
158.51
2
244.87
4 October 2014 2014 Japan Open 2
155.46
2013–14 season
Date Event SP FS Total
26–29 March 2014 2014 World Championships 2
96.42
3
179.51
3
275.93
13–14 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics 3
86.98
5
166.94
4
253.92
13–19 January 2014 2014 European Championships 1
91.56
1
175.55
1
267.11
21–22 December 2013 2014 Spanish Championships 1
97.91
1
187.66
1
285.57
22–24 November 2013 2013 Rostelecom Cup 3
81.87
5
145.12
3
226.99
8–10 November 2013 2013 NHK Trophy 2
84.78
8
145.67
5
230.45
5 October 2013 2013 Japan Open 1
176.91
2012–13 season
Date Event SP FS Total
10–17 March 2013 2013 World Championships 7
80.76
4
168.30
3
249.06
23–27 January 2013 2013 European Championships 2
88.80
1
186.07
1
274.87
14–16 December 2012 2013 Spanish Championships 1
79.02
1
149.76
1
228.78
6–9 December 2012 2012 Grand Prix Final 5
80.19
1
178.43
4
258.62
23–25 November 2012 2012 NHK Trophy 3
86.23
5
146.55
4
232.78
26–28 October 2012 2012 Skate Canada 1
85.87
1
168.07
1
253.94
5–7 October 2012 2012 Finlandia Trophy 1
80.77
3
154.43
3
235.20
2011–12 season
Date Event SP FS Total
26 March – 1 April 2012 2012 World Championships 5
81.87
14
144.00
9
225.97
7–12 February 2012 2012 European Championships 4
80.1
7
142.15
6
222.26
22–26 December 2011 2012 Spanish Championships 1
63.68
1
154.06
1
217.74
8–11 December 2011 2011 Grand Prix Final 3
81.26
4
166.29
3
247.55
25–27 November 2011 2011 Rostelecom Cup 4
78.50
1
163.13
2
241.63
27–30 October 2011 2011 Skate Canada International 1
84.71
2
165.62
2
250.33
21–24 September 2011 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy 6
66.87
4
137.59
4
204.46
2010–11 season
Date Event SP FS Total
24 April – 1 May 2011 2011 World Championships 14
69.16
10
149.10
10
218.26
24–30 January 2011 2011 European Championships 11
60.48
7
139.17
9
199.65
24–27 December 2010 2011 Spanish Championships 1
71.50
2
120.63
2
192.13
19–21 November 2010 2010 Cup of Russia 8
66.46
10
117.60
9
184.06
29–31 October 2010 2010 Skate Canada International 6
66.74
4
144.11
5
210.85
13–17 October 2010 2010 Cup of Nice 6
66.88
4
132.43
5
199.31
2009–10 season
Date Event SP FS Total
22–28 March 2010 2010 World Championships 13
71.65
10
144.01
12
215.66
14–27 February 2010 2010 Winter Olympic Games 16
68.69
10
137.99
14
206.68
18–24 January 2010 2010 European Championships 13
66.50
6
138.33
8
204.83
12–13 December 2009 2010 Spanish Championships 1
65.55
1
119.59
1
185.14
4–8 November 2009 2009 Cup of Nice 11
53.75
1
130.58
3
184.33
16–17 October 2009 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard 10
60.56
11
109.60
11
170.16
2008–09 season
Date Event SP FS Total
24–28 March 2009 2009 World Championships 20
63.75
19
119.80
19
193.55
20–24 January 2009 2008 European Championships 12
65.75
11
117.16
11
182.91
December 2008 2009 Spanish Junior Championships 1
1
1
4–7 December 2008 2008 NRW Trophy 3
5
3
190.69
25–28 September 2008 2008 JGP Spain 10
45.20
3
111.98
4
157.18
25–28 September 2008 2008 JGP Mexico 4
54.57
8
92.78
6
147.35
2007–08 season
Date Event SP FS Total
17–23 March 2008 2008 World Championships 30
47.87
25 February – 2 March 2008 2008 World Junior Championships 14
52.25
11
108.76
13
161.01
22–27 January 2008 2008 European Championships 16
51.94
17
102.16
17
154.10
December 2007 2008 Spanish Junior Championships 1
1
1
8–11 November 2007 2007 Golden Spin 12
12
13
145.72
20–22 September 2007 2007 JGP Estonia 9
46.18
9
93.24
9
139.42
5–7 October 2007 2007 JGP Great Britain 9
49.81
10
97.82
11
147.63
2006–07 season
Date Event SP FS Total
19–25 March 2007 2007 World Championships 35
41.57
DNQ
22–28 January 2007 2007 European Championships 28
41.73
17
102.16
17
154.10
December 2006 2007 Spanish Junior Championships 1
1
1
5–6 October 2006 2006 JGP Netherlands 18
37.38
24
51.46
23
88.84

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  67. ^ "Kinoshita Group Cup Japan Open 2014". Japan Skating Federation Official Results & Data Site. Archived from the original on October 4, 2014. 

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