Javier Fernández López made Spanish sporting history during his storied career, winning six European men’s figure skating titles and two world crowns before becoming the first athlete from his country to win an Olympic Winter Games medal on ice when he claimed bronze at PyeongChang 2018.
“I’m aware that I’m the first athlete to achieve a lot of important things for Spanish skating,” said the Madrid-born Fernández, who took his first steps in the sport at the age of six. “My sister watched competitions on TV and decided to start skating,” he explained. “I used to love watching her train, so much in fact that I decided to get involved too.
“Figure skating is a fantastic sport,” added the Spanish star. “It feels great when you start to make progress with the jumps, pirouettes and steps, and you have that sense that you control the ice, that you can master it, even though you weren’t born on it. The feeling of speed you have when you skate, the excitement you get from winning a competition, and presenting your programme after days and days of hard work… that’s what I live for.”
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