Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by aftershocks, Dec 1, 2011.
Way to go Javi. Someone made some history!
In fact, he made Christopher Columbus look like an amateur.
It was great he medaled! He could be a contender for gold in the near future.
He already is a contender for gold, IMO....has been all season. If he hadn't made that mistake in the SP...
It wasn't just that--his FS had a few hiccups too, but overall he did a fine job. At least there were no...um...falls.
I think it's too hard for Xavier to be perfect at every competition throughout the season with 4 quads and two 3a. He and Orser need to figure out how to peak next year for the Olympic and not at earlier events like Europeans, GPF, etc. He's a charming performer. I hope he keeps the Chaplin LP for next season.
Nice congratulatory article about Javi's historic finish in the Spanish press: http://www.mundodeportivo.com/20130...nat-mundo-patinaje-artistico_54369336511.html
Jumping for joy over Javier's bronze medal!
Javi's bronze medal winning performances:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHEMhLbVWM0 British Eurosport
Took the liberty of doing a rough translation:
Javier Fernandez keeps breaking the ice in a sport with hardly any tradition in Spain. Less than a month from becoming 22 years old, the skater from Madrid solidified his status as a star with a historic bronze medal in the World Championship, the first medal for a Spanish skater.
Fernandez has become the Spanish pioneer competing for the top places in the last few years. The first Spanish men’s Olympian in half a century and reached the top some months ago becoming European Champion.
The Worlds in Canada have confirmed the quality of an athlete who has had to leave his country and complete a preparation that could take him, next winter, to reach another frontier for Spanish figure skating: An Olympic medal in the Sochi Olympics 2014.
Fernandez’ performance also translated into 2 entries automatically attained for Spain in Sochi since these Worlds determined 80 percent of the entries for the Games.
His medal was especially commendable because it forced Fernandez to win the close battle for the third medal, after Canadian Patrick Chan, local hero, defending Champion and favorite, and an unexpected guest, Denis Ten from Kazakhstan, fought a tight race for the gold that resolved in favor of Chan, the biggest star right now.
Javier was in seventh place after the short program Wednesday. In the free skate he finished fourth(168.30 points) gaining the five points that separated him from the medals and gaining four places he needed to win a medal, which is more than the Spaniard expected. He was focused in finishing in the top five and getting an Olympic spot for Spain.
With suspense, he took the bronze away from the Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu by barely four points. It wasn’t a long program without faults, but his flashes of quality, the magnetism of his choreography and an already typical trademark of the Spaniard, his quadruples, made all the difference.
Becoming a young Charles Chaplin on skates, he began his skate with his hands in his pockets. Fernandez didn’t fail in his spectacular jumps, the first weapon of his army. He finished his long program with 168.30 points to place himself as temporary leader(249.06) before the last six competitors.
Only the first two in the short program, Patrick Chan and Denis Ten gained more points. The third place of the Madrileño(from Madrid) means the presence of two Spanish skaters for the men’s competition in the Olympic Games.
Javier excitedly hugged Brian Orser, the coach with whom he trains daily in Toronto, where he has established residence. He also saw one of his dreams come true: To share the medal stand with Patrick Chan, who the Spaniard considers the master of the current generation of skaters.
After his performance and while he waited for all the remaining skaters to finish, Javier’s heart “was going to explode. I was getting nervous, more and more every time. And when the last skater finished and I saw myself there, still in the third place, I didn’t know what to do: cry, jump…I ended up hugging Patrick” Javier said.
And Patrick Chan also had reasons to enjoy the hug. The local hero had to fight to get the gold from Denis Ten, from Kazakhstan , who was about to steal his short program advantage, where he attained the best marks of his life, 98.37 points. Ten made him suffer, but Chan finished conquering his third consecutive World title.
The gala exhibition ... really? ... really?? ... really??? ... He must be so confident in so many ways to pull that off.
Can you elaborate for those of us who didn't see it?
I really like that article. A nice balance of giving the facts, pouring in a bit of home town delight and giving credit where it's due.
His exhibition -- what a hoot. I was laughing my way through it.
Just watch the video when you get the chance.
See the video link in post #50.
It has its funny moments, but it definitely went on too long. It needs editing ! I couldn't see too well whom Xavier was "flirting" with during the "I Want To Know What Love Is" number; All I can see was a middle-aged man sitting at the barrier . Olivia-Newton John is always welcomed.
The exhibition was one of the funniest I have seen in a long time. I didn't realise he had such a sense of humour. I loved how he threw jumps in out of nothing. Also probably explains about his fitness if that is the way he trains
Thank you- I missed that post somehow...
Thank goodness he medaled! Imagine if he wasn't in the exhibition and we had missed that!
With an exhibition like that I'm sure he would have been invited anyways!
He is hot. I would give him extra points just for that.
British Eurosport HD version of exhibition:
Cross posted from the Beat the Heat benefit thread
(with plenty of photos of Javi):
He always looks like he enjoys what he is doing on the ice.
Javi short interview clip in Spanish:
Credit goes to https://www.facebook.com/hieloespanol for posting.
When asked about his programs...
"It's going to be something very similar to what I did a couple of years ago for my short program "I Love Paris" and it's going to be very elegant and a little sexy, like my coaches would, like they say."
About the Olympics....
"Of course, it's a dream. We're going to try. Hopefully. It's all I can say. Hopefully it happens because I think it's a dream for all athletes in all sports to have an Olympic medal."
Not clear what he's talking about here:
"Well, that's a challenge I don't think about yet. It's too soon. For now, all I want to do is keep working, keep competing well. I want to get more titles, more medals."
When asked about his favorite program:
"I would say the Charlie Chaplin program. It's a program I like very much and people got excited about it. I would pick that one."
I like Javier in Charlie Chaplin. It suits his 'happy cheerful' personality.
The ICE 2013:
I think if Javier can win the European title prior to the Olympics and skate cleanly in the Olympics, he can beat Patrick Chan.
Javier reminds me so much of Brian Orser. They are even the same height (5'3") and body type, and now Orser is the coach. I hope Orser does not teach Javier to have a scary 3flip and unreliable 3loop like Orser had when he competed.
I am rooting for Javier this season. He can win every competition if all goes well for him.
I will be rooting for him because he is a joy to watch.
I will be rooting for him because he's around 5' 8", and therefore unqualified to read for the role of Tyrion Lannister.
Dear Javi fans, ubers and haters,
If you go to an event where Javi is at PLEASE take lots of pictures (good ones!), take LOTS of video footage of him everywhere you see him. That includes: Practices, Warm-ups, Exhibition practices, Gala practices, everything! I'm sorry if I come off as greedy, but I for one, REALLY get a kick out of seeing Javi outside of actually performing. Especially at gala practices. It's fun seeing who he interacts with and playing around.
P.S. (I'm going to copy-pasta this in D/W's thread and Dai's too, so don't report this as spam.)
hehe. I'm right there with ya, Jiazumi. Please people!
Hadn't seen this one before.
All That Skate 2013
Aerobic class mix:
His adorable silent acting performance in the ShibSibs video "Wish You Were Real" from TheICE 2013 tour.
Love seeing the friendship amongst the skaters, and the gentle creativity of this "short film" is a delight.
Livejournal group for Javi in Russian, but you can see lots of photos and videos
I'm still mad at The Ice for not showing Javi's Charlie Chaplin program!
There is an exclusive club of people who have performed the "water bucket splasher" role. Kurt Browning during Stars on Ice and Alex Shibutani during theICE.
Lol "I wish you were real" was pretty funny. Javi has another bright career ahead in silent film
How can anyone *hate* Javi? He's SO charming & talented!
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