Javier Raya

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Javier Raya
2010 JWC Javier Raya.jpg
Raya in 2010.
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Raya Buenache
Country represented Spain
Born (1991-04-20) 20 April 1991 (age 26)
Madrid, Spain
Residence Colmenar Viejo
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Coach Carolina Sanz, Jordi Lafarga
Former coach Ivan Saez, Jocelyn Flanagan
Choreographer Joey Russell, Antonio Najarro, Javier Raya
Former choreographer Ivan Saez, Julie Marcotte
Skating club SAD Majadahonda Madrid
Former skating club La Nevera
Training locations Majadahonda
Former training locations Toronto
Lyon
Began skating 1998
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 199.99
2016 CS Golden Spin
Short program 72.46
2016 CS Golden Spin
Free skate 130.32
2016 CS Autumn Classic
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Raya and the second or maternal family name is Buenache.

Francisco Javier Raya Buenache (born 20 April 1991) is a Spanish figure skater. He is the 2011 Spanish national senior champion and has competed in the free skate at eight ISU Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Francisco Javier Raya Buenache was born on 20 April 1991 in Madrid.[1][2] He studied ballet from the age of six until he was 17.[3] He is studying audiovisual communication at the Complutense University of Madrid.[4] In May 2016, he came out as gay in an Instagram post.[5]

Career[edit]

Raya began skating in 1998 at a rink near Madrid's Chamartín railway station.[2][3] His first coach was Jocelyn Flanagan.[3] He is now coached by Carolina Sanz and Jordi Lafarga in Madrid and spends some time training in Canada during the summer. He has worked with Daniela Slovak in Calgary, Manon Perron in Montreal, and Brian Orser in Toronto.[6][7]

Raya made his European debut in 2011, finishing 19th. He sustained a leg injury before the 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy but recovered in November.[8] He withdrew from the 2012 Spanish Championships due to illness, and later missed the 2012 Europeans but competed at the 2012 Worlds, where he finished 24th.

Raya competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and placed 25th.[9] He withdrew from the 2014 World Championships due to an injury of the adductor in his left foot.[10] At the 2015 European Championships in Stockholm, he placed 21st in the short program, 14th in the free skate, and 14th overall.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2016–17
[11]
2015–16
[12][2]
2014–15
[13]
2013–14
[14]
2012–13
[15]
  • Como Siento Yo
  • Hip Hip Chin Chin
2011–12
[16]
  • Tango
  • I Love Paris
    by The Witnesses
2010–11
[17]
  • Can Can
2009–10
[18]
  • Romeo and Juliet
2008–09
[19]
  • Capone
    by Ronan Hardiman
2007–08
[20]
  • Concierto de Aranjuez
    by Joaquín Rodrigo
2006–07
[21]
  • Libertango
    by Astor Piazzolla

Results[edit]

CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[22]
Event 03–04 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17
Olympics 25th
Worlds 24th WD 25th 27th
Europeans 19th 16th 18th 14th 18th
CS Autumn Classic 7th
CS Golden Spin 13th 10th
CS U.S. Classic 14th
Autumn Classic 9th
Challenge Cup 2nd
Cup of Nice 11th 9th 14th 7th
Dragon Trophy 1st
Golden Spin 4th 5th 6th
Lombardia Trophy 8th
Merano Cup 10th 6th 4th
Nebelhorn Trophy 13th
NRW Trophy 17th
Open d'Andorra 1st 1st
Santa Claus Cup 1st
Seibt Memorial 5th 6th
Triglav Trophy 7th
Universiade 14th 17th 11th
Volvo Open Cup 6th
International: Junior[22]
Junior Worlds 29th 19th 12th
JGP Austria 19th
JGP Croatia 16th
JGP Germany 9th
JGP South Africa 8th
JGP Spain 11th
JGP Turkey 6th
Cup of Nice 4th J 2nd J
Gardena 8th J
Triglav Trophy 5th N 4th J 1st J
Copenhagen 6th N
Merano Cup 4th N
National[1]
Spanish Champ. 2nd J 2nd J 1st J 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd
Levels: N = Novice, J = Junior; WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Historial Patinadores FMDI: Francisco Javier Raya Buenache" (PDF). Federación Madrileña de Deportes de Invierno. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Javier RAYA: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "10 curiosidades acerca de Javier Raya" [10 interesting facts about Javier Raya]. Hielo Español (in Spanish). 20 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Martín, Alberto (21 December 2012). "El segundo mejor patinador sobre hielo español estudia en la Complutense" [Spain's second-best figure skater is a student at Complutense]. Complutense University of Madrid (in Spanish). 
  5. ^ "El patinador olímpico español Javier Raya sale públicamente del armario" [Spanish Olympic skater Javier Raya out of the closet publicly]. Dos Manzanas (in Spanish). Dos Manzanas. 14 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Vernon, Nadin (2 March 2011). "Javier Raya: "There are many sides to skating"". Absolute Skating. Archived from the original on 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "ENTREVISTA A JAVIER RAYA" [Interview with Javier Raya]. Hielo Español (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 1 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "JAVIER RAYA, RECUPERADO DE SU LESIÓN EN LA PIERNA" [Javier Raya has recovered from his leg injury]. Hielo Español (in Spanish). 11 November 2011. Archived from the original on 1 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Javier RAYA". Organizing Committee of the XXII Olympic Winter Games. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Javier Raya dice adiós al Mundial de Saitama por una lesión en su pierna izquierda" [Javier Raya withdraws from World Championships due to an injury to his left foot] (in Spanish). Federación Española de Hielo. 4 March 2014. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Javier RAYA: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "¡De vuelta por aquí!" [Turn around!]. Official website of Javier Raya (in Spanish). 30 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Javier RAYA: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Javier RAYA: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Javier RAYA: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Javier RAYA: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 10 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Javier RAYA: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 1 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Javier RAYA: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "Javier RAYA: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. 
  20. ^ "Javier RAYA: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 May 2008. 
  21. ^ "Javier RAYA: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 6 March 2007. 
  22. ^ a b "Competition Results: Javier RAYA". International Skating Union. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Javier Raya at Wikimedia Commons