Javier Fernández

Susan D. Russell
Javier Fernández: Gliding Into History

Fernández kicked off last season with a historic win at his first Grand Prix event, Skate Canada, defeating the reigning World champion, Patrick Chan. His victory marked the first time a Spanish skater had ever medaled at a Grand Prix event.

At his second assignment, NHK Trophy, he landed in fourth. “I just had a bad competition in Japan. Sometimes, you have a bit of pressure after winning one event,” the 22-year-old said. “When you compete at a really high level and are always fighting to be on the podium, it is so much more tiring than just going to a competition and skating. It is not easy when you have a chance to be on the podium. It is much harder.”

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Originally published in August 2013