Javier Fernandez: “Nothing is impossible!”

Interview by Vladislav Luchianov

Photo: Personal album of Javier Fernandez

Javier Fernandez began skating at the age of six, after his older sister started taking lessons, and landed his first triple jump at the age of 12. He trained in Spain, at Madrid’s Igloo club, for many years before moving to New Jersey to work with Nikolai Morozov.
He had a breakthrough season in 2008-9, finishing 11th at the 2009 Europeans and qualifying a spot for Spain for the Olympics with a 19th place finish at the 2009 Worlds, the first Spanish men’s skater to do so since 1956.

In 2009-10, Javier received his first Grand Prix assignment, and finished 11th at the 2009 Trophee Eric Bompard. At the European championships, he was a career-best 8th place, and placed 14th in his first Olympics. Fernandez then set a new personal best score on his way to a 12-place finish at the 2010 Worlds. He added the quadruple toe loop to his jump repertoire in the 2009-10 season.

Javier Fernandez’s assigned events for the 2010 ISU Grand Prix season are the 2010 Skate Canada International and the 2010 Cup of Russia.

VLAD: Hi Javier! Could you tell us how and why did you decide to become a figure skater?

JAVIER: I began skating 13 years ago, when I was 6. I started after my sister started taking lessons the year before, so when I saw her at the practices I just loved it and I asked my parents if I could start too.

- How did you prepare for the new season?

- We are training a lot, working on my new programs, on the steps and the new rules of the spins. Most of all we are working on my short program.

- Your results and performances last season were very good. And what do you think about them?

- I think that I was quite good in the most of competitions last season. I did so many clean programs, so I think it was amazing.

- How develops figure skating in Spain?

- It’s going well, slow but well. Spain has so many famous sports but the Spanish press supports us very good and I’d like to say them THANKS for supporting us! =).

- What motivates you to go to the rink day after day and to train for long hours?

- It’s a hard question, but the most important things which motivates me are all the people who write me on Facebook or the people who talk to me somewhere and tell me how nice I skate…and of course when I skate I just think about my parents and my sister, about how much they fight for me and the only way to say thanks to my family is training and skating great.

- In your opinion how to keep a good balance between difficult skating elements and artistry?

- I think it depends on the person, but it also depends of the hours of trainings and practice. Nothing is impossible.

-Where do you train now? As I know Nikolai Morozov moved to Latvia with all his students.

- Yes, I’m in Latvia with Nikolai, we train in Daugavpils. It’s a nice small city in Latvia.

- What about your goals for this season?

- Maybe I can say…is to be in the top 10 in the world and try to beat my last season’s positions. These are the only goals I have at this moment ).

- Figure skating brings you to so many places across the world, do you have a favorite?

- Yes, of course! After my country the best place I visited and just loved is Japan, especially Tokyo. I love everything there…everything…

- Outside of skating, is there something you enjoy doing?

- I’m a big fan of PlayStation, so I play it a lot, I love movies and being with my family and with my girlfriend =).

- Thank you very much, Javier! Good luck in the new season!

- Thank you too!

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