Fernandez makes history for Spain
Yesterday, at 2012 Skate Canada Javier Fernandez of Spain made history by taking the first Grand Prix gold for his country. Patrick Chan of Canada settled won the silver and Nobunari Oda of Japan earned the bronze.
Overnight leader Javier Fernandez overcame a shaky start into his “Charlie Chaplin” program when he tripled a planned quad toe and fell, but then he rallied back to nail a quad Salchow, triple Axel, quad toe – double toe combination as well as five more triple jumps and level-three spins. The Spaniard posted a new personal best of 168.07 points and racked up 253.94 points overall.
“It’s my first gold in international competition, so it feels amazing. I’m really happy, we just have to keep going, keep working. There are lots of competitions this season and I know the other skaters are not going to let me win. They’re going to fight and I have to fight, too.” Fernandez summed up at post-event press conference.
Collage: World Figure Skating
Patrick Chan opened his routine to “La Boheme” with a quad toe – double toe combination and followed up with three triple jumps, but he tumbled on his triple Axel and stumbled on his second quad toe. The two-time World Champion was awarded 160.91 points and remained in second place at 243.43 points.
“For me, it goes beyond winning. It is a learning process. Taking this and taking it step by step to the World Championships. Worlds is my angle and my only goal, and the year after this it will be the Olympics. These are steps I have to take, losing some competitions, winning some to become successful at the end of the season.” Chan commented.
Skating to “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, Nobunari Oda completed a quadruple toe and six clean triples. His spins and footwork garnered a level four. The Japanese earned 156.20 points and totaled 238.34 points. “I did a few mistakes, but I am still happy with my medal and to come back from my injury from last year.” said Oda.
Other results –
Pairs podium :
1. Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy GER – 201.36
2. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford CAN – 190.49
3. Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek ITA – 172.03
1. Kaetlyn Osmond CAN – 176.45
2. Akiko Suzuki JPN – 175.16
3. Kanako Murakami JPN – 168.04
Ice Dance podium:
1. Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir CAN – 169.41
2. Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte ITA – 160.06
3. Ekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko RUS – 143.39
Skate Canada 2012 – Javier Fernandez, FS
Photo: The Globe and Mail