Fernandez makes history for Spain

Javier Fernandez with the gold medal at 2013 European championships

By Vladislav Luchianov

Spanish skater Javier Fernandez made a historical victory for his country performing the best skate of his career Saturday to win gold medal at the European figure skating championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

Javier landed three quad jumps during his outstanding free skate program. Fernandez achieved a European record of 186.07 points for the free skate, a fraction shy of Patrick Chan’s world best in the long program, for a winning total score of 274.87.

Spanish skater had a long way for this gold medal and did a huge amount of work with his coach Brian Orser. The audience noted the excellent performance of Fernandez by standing ovation. Without doubt he strongly entered into a group of main contenders for medals at the World championships, which will be held in March.

“Oh, it was so hard. But at the same time it’s so amazing. I go back home very happy. A lot of hard work for the World championships is waiting for me. As for my free skate program, it was a good one but not error-free. But he brought me enough points to win.” said European champion after the event.

The Spaniard won by the vast margin of 24 points from France’s Florent Amodio, who had led after Friday’s short program, and scored a personal best of 250.53 overall. Amodio confirmed his status of the most stable European skater. Florent now already has three consecutive medals of Europeans – gold of 2011, bronze of 2012 and silver of this year.

Bronze medal went to Czech skater Michal Brezina, who moved up a place in the free skate and scored a total of 243.52. This is the first and very long awaited medal for this Czech skater. Brezina, after he overcame so-called “podium’s barrier”, may feel a new big confidence to fight for higher awards.

Photo: L’Express

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