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aemeraldrainc
03-20-2012, 05:54 AM
http://www.abc.es/20120129/deportes/abci-europeo-patinaje-201201290203.html


Just wanted to share this article from Europeans.
Translation to follow.

I originally posted this on golden skate so I just copied and pasted.

Rough translation. Here we gooo:

Spanish skater Javier Fernandez has finished 6th in the mens event at the European Championships in Sheffield (United Kingdom). Fernandez, who was in 4th place after the short program and was one of the favorites to medal,has not (wasn't able) to meet expectations after a bad free program, in which he only scored 142.15 points,more than 20 points less than his personal score.

Under the chords of Verdi(literal translation) the Madrileno(sorry don't have or I haven't figured out the ene letter on my phone yet, not sure how to translate, but basically means hehailsfrom Madrid)was aiming in the free program for a great degree of difficulty which included 2 different quads, the most difficult jumps done in competition. He was able to do the 2 quads, metz(??? Not familiar with the translation of jump names in Spanish, maybe someone can clarify?) and salchow correctly, but on his third element, the triple axel, he had a technical failure and wasn't able to even take off. From there other errors ocurred that took the Spaniard from 4th in the short to 7th in the free program to finally finish in 6th overall with a total scoreof 222.26,about 12 points from the bronze medal. Even though it's a disappointing result,it was an improvement from the Europeans in Bern in 2011 where he placed 9th. 6th place is the best finish ever for a Spaniard. Also, he maintains 2 entries for Spain for Zagreb 2012. In Sheffield, Javier Raya was the 2nd entry, but at the last minute, withdrew because of injury. As he admitted himself after he finished his program, "I should have fought for the medals, but after starting well, my head has gone away(literal translation, more like..I lost my head. You get the idea.) and I wasn't able to get back. I blame (again, literal translation, but it doesn't sound as bad in Spanish. Hehe. More like...I believe)thepressure and physical and mental weariness(tiredness) of the Grand Prix competitioens(affected me.) Now I can only train as hard as I can to try and be one of the best in Nice."

Some things I wasn't absoulutely sure about so if any Spanish speakers want to add anything...


The Lafuente bit..

Unfair scoring for Lafuente

From her part the Spanish representative in the ladies event, Sonia Lafuente, finished in 15th place with a total score of 133.64 points. Even though she dropped 2 placements from the short program, the truth is, Lafuente, who was 12th last year, had a practically clean long program that the judges scored extremely low and whose announcement was received with boos by the audience. The skater and her coach Carolina Sanz can't explain the scoring. "I always accept the errors and the deductions, but in this case, I don't agree." Sonia said after her program. From her part, her coach added that "the scoring and the program will be analyzed thoroughly."

In the last paragraph, its mentioned that Carolina Kostner won gold with a clean and "extremely simple" program. Lol.

aemeraldrainc
03-20-2012, 06:00 AM
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=fbLtvBs04aU

Also found this YouTube video where he says he's working on spins. I know this is not a recent video, but at least we know Orser and Javi are aware they can improve Javi's spins and are doing something about it.

aemeraldrainc
03-20-2012, 06:16 AM
http://touch.facebook.com/home.php?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Ftouch.facebook.com%2F&refid=8&_rdr#!/story.php?story_fbid=10151426536830727&id=560450726&__user=1050489219

Javi practicing a quad loop.

If the link doesn't work, try logging in to your Facebook account and then try again. If you don't have FB, sorry.
I tried finding the link searching on YouTube but no luck. :(

spikydurian
03-20-2012, 09:28 AM
Good Luck to Fernandez. Hope he medals in Nice.

DarrellH
03-20-2012, 05:54 PM
Always glad to see competition coming from different countries.

aliceanne
03-20-2012, 06:32 PM
Am I the only person who doesn't see much in him? His jump technique is very odd...

I always look forward to seeing him skate, and his skating looked much cleaner this year (at least in the GP events), but if your standard is classical style, then no, he probably doesn't do anything for you.

I'm one of those people who doesn't see why you can't like both Elvis and Curry.

aemeraldrainc
09-07-2012, 04:29 AM
New interview:

http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?md=20120906&content_id=37987830&vkey=ice_news

spikydurian
09-07-2012, 08:54 AM
New interview:

http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?md=20120906&content_id=37987830&vkey=ice_news
This link didn't work for me? :(

crosses9
09-07-2012, 05:39 PM
This link didn't work for me? :(

You can click on "news" column, it works for me.

Sylvia
09-07-2012, 05:41 PM
This link didn't work for me? :(
This link works for me: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120906&content_id=37987830&vkey=ice_news

orbitz
09-07-2012, 07:42 PM
I hope Orser and Wilson don't have Javier skate like an Orser's clone this season.

Javier is skating to Charlie Chaplin for his LP. Another charming Spanish male skater also skated to Charlie Chaplin in 2003, but I can't remember his name.

spikydurian
09-08-2012, 08:09 AM
Thanks Sylvia, the link works for me now.

Looking forward to Javier's new programs and improvements. Hope he medals in the Europeans and GP series. Javier is such a sweetie. Go Javier go. You can do it! Spain is proud of their son.

VarBar
09-08-2012, 11:02 AM
Icenetwork.com: What do you think about Czech skater Michal Brezina recently saying about Plushenko: "Skaters like me and Javy [Fernandez] and Tommy (Tomas Verner) have to skate clean and show Zhenya, 'You were great; it's our time now.' " Do you agree with that?

Fernandez: What Michal said is really true. Now new skaters are coming really hard, pushing the skaters at the top, and each year we are going to push harder and harder.

Good luck to them.:kickass:

aemeraldrainc
03-07-2013, 02:28 AM
Thought I'd bump this.

Philip Hersh's article on Javi:

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-74620747/

Sylvia
03-07-2013, 02:33 AM
Would you like to cross-post the article link in this Fernandez news thread in GSD? http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?87295-Javier-Fern%E1ndez-joins-ranks-of-Spanish-sports-royalty

ETA link to the "Fernandez joins ranks of Spanish sports royalty" pre-Worlds article that's posted in GSD: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130226&content_id=42013708&vkey=ice_news