Here we are with Javier Fernandez on his turf How are you Javier? I’m good We’ve come to the south of Madrid and I’m surprised by the infrastucture between Xanadú’s ski track and Valdemoro’s giant ice rink It’s like the Spanish Switzerland, in the south of Madrid I think so too With the ski track that we have in Xanadú and this big ice rink that’s relatively new, so to speak it doesn’t have many years I believe we can say that we’re almost like in the Alps I went like, oh my god when I saw all this and I even spotted some guy drinking warm wine I didn’t know there was this much enthusiasm for the Winter things, in the south of Madrid, it’s crazy Yes, it’s growing and the municipality of Valdemoro wants to get involved and try to help the ice rink and this sport we hope them, that things don’t stay the same and move forward and that we can get more rinks in these areas When people imagine the south of Madrid right now they think of Fuenlabrada and Valdemoro is associated with factories, pimps and firecrackers firecrackers and it’s being transformed in the Mecca of winter sports Yes it’s true that people associate certain areas of Madrid with some bad things but well, we must say as well that Valdemoro is a place that at the moment is being very supportive of figure skating and are really interested so we have to be thankfull because this rink is almost full we have recently changed the aministration of the rink and even thought it’s true that it needs more support this place is working really well There’s a lot of kids training, right? Yes We are over here in a corner But tell me, since you know a lot about the technical aspects Is there a possibility of any of them having a bad skid and hitting our Achilles heels? Well possibilities? In this life anything can happen It could happens, but no they are not skating that fast they could stop by themselves or even we, could stop them in time When you drift like that, how do you stop? Do you like, stick the the blades into the ice? If you do that and you are skating at high speed you’re going to get in trouble You have to slow down you have to start slowing down yourself instead of sticking your blades into ice you have to slide the blade on the ice in a way, that will help you stop slowly So basically smoothing the ice slowly right? Excatly, let’s say it like that You come back to this place as a World Champion since like three weeks ago Yes two weeks ago Did you have a plan, be honest that when you got here you were gonna follow the humble course, or you were gonna say to everyone “hey guys I’m the world champion, I’m goint to laugh at your face” No of course not, figure skating here is a family a small family, it’s not a massive sport, so to speak, in our country And we all know each other I’ve been skating here for a long time, so I know everyone so I would never do that, I just got here and the first thing I did was to see the kids that gave me presents and then we took a photo The children made something for you? Yes they signed this big letter for me and they wrote what they wanted to say so yes I would never do that But didn’t you at least feel tempted to do it? I don’t even mean here but in some other place No Because people don’t realize the meaning of being a World Champion it’s just crazy It means that nobody in the world is better than you you have to feel tempted to show off at some point I do it with my friends Like “leave me alone I’m the world champion” “I don’t care anymore” But no, never with the kids With friends you show off then? Yes, with friends Like when they always poke at me cause of something then I answer them with my own jab But that’s always going to happen it doesn’t matter if I’m the world champion or not And with your rivals? With the russian, the slovaks with all your rivals Is there a bit of… Because after the world championship you have met the other skaters what did they say? do they think that “now we have to be a bit carefull with Javier”? Well that’s something that they must have said before Well but now they have realized too that I’m the world Champion now they’re the ones that need to work hard enought so that next year I won’t be the world champion again so the tables have turned a little bit especially for the japanese skater, who is my biggest rival What’s his name again? Yuzuru Hanyu Hanyu? Hanyu is your nemesis Exactly He’s your enemy He’s the topdog and he’s the Olympic Champion and well he’s the topdog, we train together with the same couch so yes it’s gonna be him who wants to kill me, on the next competitions Where are you guys training? Because right now we are in Valdemoro but ususally you train and live in Canada, right? Yes, in Toronto I come to Spain a couple of times a year I don’t have much time because if I’m not at training sessions I’m traveling somewhere for the competitions or doing something else So in reality all the free time that I have, I spend it here with my family and friends So you two share a coach but train physically together? Yes Or you try to alternate? No we train together That’s amazing, stuff like this doesn’t happens in other sports It’s like, if Nadal and Federer shared uncle Tony (Nadal’s uncle and coach) Nobody ever trained two champions together, ever No and right now my coach, for the first time in history has coached the skaters that ended up in first, second and fifth place of the World Championship The same coach? What’s his name? Brian Orser Orser? So the guy is a good coach Yes he has a lot of talent and works with a fantastic team and you can see the results like you just said this has never been seen in another sport this is exclusive to figure skating We saw something similar in track and field when some of the 100m racing athletes trained together, but it’s not something common And is this good for you, or it bothers you a bit that your biggest rival knows you so well? No, I think it’s good for the both of us when you train with someone that’s on your level you start pushing yourself everytime that other person has a better day than you, or a better practice session and you are not at the same level, you start pushing yourself a bit more because you think “look how well my rival is doing” or “he did a lot more than me in these last 20 min of training” I think we help each other by keeping ourselves balanced You see Hanyu and think “look at that motherfu*ker”
(sorry folks) Well there’s always some tension I mean it’s obvious We don’t really show it, but when he has a good practice session and I’m just completely done and falling everywhere yeah, I’ll just go and show him how it’s done What’s is Hanyu’s signature? His specialty that makes him a star? I guess I’ll have to say that he’s a very consistent skater he does a really good job in almost every competition and he’s a super complete skater everything that he does is really… I mean he’s the Olympic Champion The kid really knows to do something Exactly But I’ve sensed in your tone that he’s more of a insistent type of guy than the brilliant kind Well the truth is that he’s very constant in evey competition Let’s not talk about that, be serious No no, seriously he’s a very consistent guy that always skates clean performances I mean he’s a brilliant guy he’s a good skater, he’s a good jumper makes amazing spins so, obviously that competing against someone who’s always so consistent on his own level well, is something that can help my own training So there’s no way to defeat him? Well I did just defeat him and won That’s the right attitude Javi What I meant is that, the guy’s good all around Yes, and there’s always a moment in some competition where you make some mistake Like what happened at the World Championship He made more mistakes that I did and well, things ended up like this And the guy ended in second? He ended up in third No, he got second Second See, this is another good attitude “I don’t even remember how it ended up” “I showed them all how’s it done” “Oh yes Hanyu, I think he ended up in ninth, I don’t care” There’s a lot of boys and girls skating here at the moment I suppose that when you started skating there were a lot less, right? This will encourage a lot more kids right? Yes obviously this will inspire more people to go to ice rinks and put on some skates for the first time and hopefully people will decide to build new ice rinks because we don’t need palaces, we need an ice rink where we can practice Do ice rinks always need to be covered? Because I’ve seen some rinks without roofs But we needed to have a cold weather all year round right? Of course Here in Spain it would be hard I found out that some figure skating federations in Spain are already dedicating themselves to other things in the Extremadura, they are slicing ham with the blades There’s no kids, so they don’t know what to do Well there’s no kids to teach because there’s no ice rinks Without ice rinks where are you going to find them There’s a few regional federations here, which are the best ones? Regionals? No, we only have the madrilenian one Only the madrilenian? Yes, the Madrilenian Federation Of Ice Sports But in Spain Well no, there’s a lot of them Of figure skating? Yes, well the ones that actually have an ice rink are: Barcelona Football Club Barça has figure skating too? They have every sport They have everything, and they’re all Barcelona Football Club There’s no skating, everything is football If you are a skater in Barcelona, you’re a football player Because you’re from Barcelona Football Club And the others? Well there’s the Txuri Berri from San Sebastian Logroño has another federation and Aragon More closely to the the Pyrenees Yes And here And south from here what? South from here, there’s a new rink that opened recently in Granada Almeria? Murcia? There’s nothing Skating hasn’t progressed nothing there? No not yet But that’s something that we’re going to try to push forward Because there’s cities like Valencia that don’t have an ice rink and if they do have it, it must be a freezer like the ones we have home They bought a big freezer took out the stuff inside And said “there you go kids!” Do some spins This show is called “Modern Life” So I like that every guest, tells us how’s a normal day in their life or a cool day A good day…In Toronto or Spain? In Toronto obviously I suppose that anything in Toronto is cooler than here Because you’re in Toronto for goodness sake Try to go to Toronto for a while or any other place, go there all alone and then tell me if it really is So it’s not like this? For you Spain is better? Of course, very much so What do you do in Toronto? I just start missing Spain Really? That’s what everyone that leaves will say to you So Toronto is awfull? No it’s not that Toronto’s awfull but it’s not your country it’s not the same it’s not the same thing winters are much longer we had winters that lasted for 5 or 6 months Yeah I believe it gets really cold Yeah it gets cold At -20ºC or -25ºC you just want to say “Dude I’m just gonna leave” Well tell about a cool day for you in Toronto and one here A nice day in Toronto… Well in reality, I’m training everyday Jesus Christ, but seriously how is it? Well I wake up in the morning I take my… You take a good muesli shake? No no, I’m not really into having breakfast and that pisses off my doctors but I don’t like it much I take my tank of coffee, like the american ones They are very big Well it’s a cup like this So you have enough coffee for the rest of the day And then I play some game on the Playstation in the morning Oh right, Pro Evolution Skating? Does a skating game even exist? I rememeber one Yes there’s one It was a skating game but I dont remember, because I didn’t play it I don’t even know to which game console they made it for Another thing, I can’t imagine 5 of my friends They made it for the Wii Oh the Wii And I remember you did this… to do the spins Oh with the hand? I can’t imagine telling 5 of my friends, to come over one afternoon to play and say “let’s play this game of figure skating” Me neither You neither? I wouldn’t do that either No that would be just boring So what do you play? Call Of Duty Oh, shooting games? Yes, shooting games I also play some FIFA with friends This sounds amazing to me Before you go… Because your sport is the pinnacle of delicacy Of elegance and finesse but before that let’s blow heads up with a machine gun What a contrast, man Yes, but I like it and it entertains me and makes me feel excited because it’s hard for me to wake up in the morning so it wakes up my mind Like “now that I’ve killed some people it’s time to go” Now let’s do some axels So, you finish shooting people and then? Then I got to the rink to practice What time are we talking about? Like noon No, I don’t have a problem with the training hours, that’s not really an issue Oh well, I was imagining the typical russian athlete that trains since 5 in the morning No because in this sport in the morning it’s hard Try to jump at 5am and you’re going to screw up So you go to training at noon It sounds easier right? So you start at 12… Yes 12, we start at 12 and I stay at the rink till I’m finished which is around 4pm or something like that 4 hours of training? No, we some have some things to do inbetween skating We train like 2 hours and a half or 3 per day And you do it all on the ice? Because you also have the physical training No I do it all on the rink, because apart from the usual training and the programs we do everyday for the competitions which can be already considered a cardio excercise we also have the cardio training they put some heartbeat monitor on you and tell me that I need to be at 180 revolutions, like a car and after we basically do laps around the ice Just doing laps with your skates? Just doing laps till you get to 180, and then u need to be at 180 for some minutes and you need to lower it and then lift it and lower it for like…it depends on the day It’s like sprinting or running Yes So sometimes I need to do laps for 2 minutes it really depends on the day, sometimes it’s 35 minutes and on other days it gets to 45 minutes A figure skater could, if they trained hard enough, compete with a speed skater? Or it’s a complete different training? The training is completeley different, they’re completely different sports the skates are different The skates have giant blades Exactly The blades are much thinner Our blades have a heel under the ankles and speed skaters use slip-ons with blades so it’s totally different And those skaters are huge They have huge backs and thighs Insane leg muscles So it would be hard for you Yes it would be hard, it’s a totally different sport but my scores are not that bad You would have good scores on sprinting? For someone that isn’t a speed skater, yes What’s a good mark? I don’t know that’s what my coach says I see, he knows you are good Yes, because he compares my marks with the speed skaters and makes the comparision from that but yeah, I just know what they tell me, I don’t have any idea To go from figure skating to speed skating it’s obviously a step backwards It’s not a step backwards It just has a more active side Your sport entails a lot of talent Speed skating only entails being well built and just run It’s a step backward, yours has a special touch We’re talking about different things and each sport has its difficulties Maybe there’s something I couldn’t do I don’t know Just like I’m really good at this, but if I tried to ride a bike in competition I would get the last place everytime Which is the sport you’re really bad at? Which sport? Well I don’t know Did you ever practice other sports? Yes I played football, tennis and ice hockey I played a lot at a “fronton” with my friends I played a lot of stuff, I liked to ride my bike I don’t know what else There’s a lot of elite atlethes that are really good at everything Is that your case? Yes, I’m not sure but I failed at learning golf Because I never played but if I suck at minigolf only God knows how bad I am at the real one So golf is a no I’m bad, but so bad So, like you were saying, you end practice at 4pm and what do you do after? Yes, I just go home My life in Toronto is really boring But from 4pm till you go to sleep there’s a lot of free time Yes, I play a few games on the Playstation with my friends the truth is that I don’t have a social life over there I only have a social life when I come back here and I can see my friends and family, and then I’m busy all the time going to my friend’s house or someone else’s Spain is the same as Toronto, but when you leave training you go to the “Gabana” (spanish nightclub), get some bottles and just get drunk No, obviously not once in a while I go out with my friends to drink something or I just go out somewhere Bacause I’m a spanish person and we like everything In Toronto is hard for me to find people that I can go out with And over here I have all my friends that have been with me all my life So yes, I have a great time with them So you are going to stay here till when exactly? The season starts in September? Yes, but I have to travel before that You have the Winter Shows right? Yes, I’m going to Japan and I think I’m going to stay a month there That’s a place where (given the fact that it’s a sport with a small fanbase in general) they actually notice that your are the world champion and maybe tell you “please come here” You must have more offers The shows are distributed all around the world and have obviously different schedules There’s some scheduled days that I can’t attend because I have some other plans There’s some shows that don’t pay you well enough If I just go and get wrecked physically and come back home It has to be worth it right? Exactly And regardless of everything, this is still business You need to consider those things when you’re not into the season yet and want to make some extra money Because these months since they can ask you to go anywhere the pay needs to compensate the traveling you need to do They’re very long trips and it’s a lot of beatings (non literal, means getting exhausted) to do our programs is really exhausting and sometime you need to do two of them and another two with the group of skaters it’s really exhausting Now that we are watching these kids skate around us How old were you, when you saw or people told you “You are really good”? You know…when you were a kid like them and someone said “Javier’s really good” Well according to people I always had the talent since I was a kid but I also had to work hard I had to learn and and well, I sorta realized that when a russian coach came to me and asked me if I wanted to go work with him Where? In the United States, in New Jersey How old were you? I was 17 years old How did he found out about you? The coach saw that I was a little unmotivated Your previous coach? No, this new russian coach But how did he foud out about you? Oh, we did a summer camp in Andorra A skating camp? I had no idea that existed It’s a camp that we used to do in the summer we just set up a camp and bring in a foreign coach this time they brought a russian We trained there for a few weeks and at the end of the camp he came to me and said that I had a lot of talent and that I was unmotivated He saw you were in a bad place Yes he asked me if I wanted to go with him to train in New Jersey and told me that “If I you want to, then you need to come in 10 days” And I was 17 In Andorra? In Andorra And what did you say? I said yes, I didn’t even ask my parents “I’m going” Without asking your parents? No, my mother was there but not when we had the meeting, after that I talked to her And what did she say? Well, my parents always supported me So they just told you to go to New Jersey? Yes, because they also knew that I needed to do something for my skating to improve So Valdemoro was good, but…? No, I wasn’t even in Valdemoro at the time But look, here in Spain you can get to a good level in skating but you reach a certain point where you know that you need to leave There’s a limit right? Of course, we need to evolve in this sport We’re a summer country and skating is a new kind of sport so slowly we need to step up I’ve been watching the children skate and I saw the girls doing this movement where they catch their foot behind their heads and it looks awfull Figure skating can be divided into skating, spins and jumps right? These are the three main components right? Well besides, the skating, the spins and the jumps there’s a lot of steps and how should I call them…well turns Like transitions? Yes, they really are transitions That depending on which type of transition, each tiny transition has a different name and a reason why Like when you cross your feet and such Anything really So every gesture that you do on a program, it has a score? Yes, exactly There’s not a second when you can do something neutral? Yes I can just skate backwards or something but that still wouldn’t be neutral besides we have a list of steps or arabesques like the girls have Arabesques? They’re like This is an arabesque? No, this is a Biellman She’s doing a good Biellman right? And it’s called Biellman because the girl who invented it, was called Biellman I’ve been watching all these movements and all of them are named after someone The Axel because the guy was named Axel something Yes, big part of them yes Then, you have the arabesques and what else? That we have the list of steps that tells us the transitions and turns we need to do to get a better score It’s a sport that besides acting, skating and deal with balance You need to act a bit Yes, with the jumps and with the music that you need to follow So it’s really a bit of everything and you’re doing it all at the same time and on top of all that you need to smile and you cant’t show that you are tired You need to look like you are in a party But we’re actually dying, because when we finish the programs the only thing we think about is “I want to die” But there we are looking like this Thank you thank you Why don’t they take that off the rules? Because it’s Figure Skating it’s like theater But would you like it better, if you didn’t have to do smile or something? No, I do it naturally when you finish a program, you can’t actually look like you’re dead If you do a spectacular program and then look like this you really can’t, and the judges are looking at you so they’re going to think “this guy is in a really bad shape” They notice that For example in gymnastics, in the girls cathegory mostly they have a more artistic aspect to it, comparing to the men’s but in figure skating, there’s not much of a difference It’s different because you can have different styles and you don’t see much of that in gymnastics you can’t see many styles you can see different songs but this is more theatrical you can have one person do a slow song and you can have another person like me, do a Charlie Chaplin song You did a Chaplin Song? It was on this last one right? No, on this last one I did the Barber of Seville Oh yes that’s right I did Chaplin, Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean really fits everything You do anything with it Archery… Yeah, I don’t know, you can work with everthing so in the end it’s a sport that has a lot more of variety, given the fact that you are on the ice and acting So the jumps there are many, which one…I read your wikipedia page I don’t prepare anything and just read from Wikipedia directly let’s see what it says there’s a thing in here that I liked about you, it says that you’re one of the few that can jump two different quads on the same program, consistently What does that mean? Let’s see Right now I can do three Three quads in a program So we need to correct the Wikipedia page Yes we need to correct it Three quads in a program The quads are vertical jumps where you need to make 4 rotations and land on one foot That’s a quad There’s a quad Axel? No A quad Axel hasn’t been made by anyone, ever because the Axel, is the only jump that instead of having 1 rotation or 2 rotations or 3 it has 1 rotation and a half, 2 rotations and a half or 3 rotations and a half It’s a jump with a forward take off and you land it backwards So a quad Axel has 6 rotations? No, a quad Axel would have 4 rotations and a half Oh I see An nobody ever did that No, nobody got there These girls spin so fast Holy Mother Up close they seem to fly It’s very different watching it live that on TV Cause they spin really fast It still exists that fever of being the first one to do something There’s stuff like that in figure skating too? Like, the first to the quad axel? It’s impossible? No, I think it will be possible at some point Probably 10, 15 or 20 years ago no one believed we would do a quad And now we do it So you’re doing things that 15 years ago were not possible? Exactly And the maximum is a quadruple A quadruple is the maximum that we’ve gotten to so, getting three quads in one program is a bit of stretch we’re already tired, from every detail that we need to do, and if on top of that you include a much more difficult jump makes a difference That’s the craziest thing that you can do? The quad jumps? No, the quads are the most difficult jumps because of the 4 rotations well, you can do a quad and a triple as a combination or a quad then triple triple So you do a quad, touch the gound, then a triple, touch the ground then a triple Like a sequence Exactly It’s called a combination And when you finish a quad triple triple, do you know exactly where on earth are you? Could you end up saying “I think I’m in North America”? Well it depends on how you land the jump Did you ever fell and asked yourself: am I in Valdemoro or Kentucky? No, I’ve been doing this for a long time and you’d never try a jump in a program that you know you can’t land Which is the worst jump for you? Which one…because I love their names Well, I’m not very good at jumping the triple Lutz The triple Lutz The Lutz, everytime I listen to the commentaries, and there’s only two ladies that comment figure skating competitions in spain, I have no idea who they are but it’s always two ladies talking I always hear them say: “That’s a very good triple Lutz” Yes, the triple Lutz sometimes doesn’t end well for me but because of the way I was taught But why? Well it’s a jump with a backwards entrance Wait wait You just go backwards completely blind and you don’t even know where you’re going You jump, wait You don’t remember? It’s complicated This is a serious problem Javier Fernandez, world champion, doesn’t remember how to do a triple Lutz, When I tell you how it’s done you’ll see how hard it is if Hanyu finds out… You are supported on you left leg first Lean on your left leg This while backwards Yes backwards You stick your toe pick on the ice What do you mean by sticking? Well, our skates have the blades and… Oh the toe pick is that part in the front with the saw So you stick that on the ground With the other leg, and then you jump So, in order to jump, you need to stick the toe pick on the ice? Exactly, you stick it and jump But then, your left foot (of the left leg in which you were supported before the jump) needs to be on the outside edge of the blade Exterior like this If you put your foot on the interior edge, your jump is not validated The score goes down Exactly you need to be on the outside edge Just by sitting here with my foot like this I think I already hurt my ankle And I’m sitting down Then with this outside edge, you drive the toe pick into the ice, make three rotations and land with the right leg, with your outside edge, again I like the fact that you’re explaining this while sitting down and you still spread your arms It’s a habit to just spread your arms So that’s a hard jump for you Yes, but just because of the driving the toe pick into the ice part Instead of picking the ice and jump, I lean a bit on the blade And they see that? Yes, they see and put a small sign on it, to know that there’s something wrong with the jump That’s so extreme Well, they have cameras, and they see you on slow motion Because the jumps need to be complete So they need to see in slow motion, if there’s something missing or if the revolutions are complete But how did they do it before? Because figure skating has been around since 1815 So I guess the scores weren’t very accurate Because they couldn’t see the details In 1920 the judges just went with “Give the guy a 9” I believe the judges were actually inside the rink I’m not sure But in the past I think they were inside the rink So, the triple Lutz, you just try not to do it No, I’ve got to do them all Yes, I have to do them all Well, I know how to do them Let’s just say that sometime I have little issues with some jumps But I know how to do them all With which jump did you get the worse fall? Or with which one did you eat more ice? (an expression since you fall with you face on the ice) I think it was with the quad toe loop The toe loop? I heard that about the toe loop Because, after doing the rotations, if you land with your body forward instead of backwards The inertia, once you put your skate on the ground, will make you fall backwards And with your head backwards And almost with your head backwards That only happened to me once I only skated once, im Copenhagen in a park with some friends and at the second try of a single Lutz only one I fell backwards and hit my head, and I thought I got blind so falling backwards is the worst kind of fall No, there’s also some hard falls like the ones in the spins because there are flying spins Spins like the ones these girls are doing? What she just did, is a flying spin When I was a kid, doing that spin I jumped… You need to have one foot on the ground You need to have one foot on the ground and jump and land When I was a kid, landed but my foot slipped and fell with my chin on the ice at this height You fell flat on the ground on your chin? With my chin You must have got a nasty bruise with that one And for people like me, outsiders, we always fear cutting ourselves with our own blades It happens? Yes and no The truth is that even though we need to sharpen our blades, they don’t really cut you if you touch it, it doesnt cut you You need to make some pressure for it to cut But if you hit your leg with a blade, at the speed you usually skate with Yes It happened? Yes, of course it must have happened if there’s really some inertia then you can cut yourself And it happened a lot in collisions There was one time, in an important international competition where a pair of skaters, were going around with their skates I think I saw that And the guy had his foot up, both of them had, and they got too close and girl got hit with the blade On the face? On the face (Expression meaning that it was brutal) Now you can barely see it Because she had stiches and some surgery so you can barely see it But it caused a great deal of damage And the sight the blood on the ice is quiet an impact Yes, it’s a white surface and it’s a big contrast Blood on a bull fighting arena or in a football field it’s nothing much but blood on an ice rink is very cinematographic like a nightmarish scene So, we can establish that there’s no real danger in skating I think there isn’t, really you just need to be carefull and learn how to fall, because a lot on injuries can happen and I guess you also need to be a bit aware of your surroundings To finish, you told me that you hurt yourself in the chin once but generally what’s the most affected area on your body? Maybe your hips when your fall? Your butt and hips I’ve noticed that some of these girls what’s the name of that thing they’re doing? That’s called an Ina Bauer Ina what? Ina Bauer Because of someone named Ina Bauer right? Yes, I have no idea You don’t get confused with all these names? Why not a Javier Fernandez? I don’t know, maybe someday we come up with a Fernandez There’s still a possibility to come up with a new element? I believe so, there must be something You guys have two programs right? In one of them you do all the mandatory things but on the other one, can’t you innovate a little? Yes and no You always need to follow the rules which are a bit strict, but you have a little bit more freedom with the jumps and the choreographies And did you ever thought of doing something that will leave the judges confused? Asking “But what is this?” “What has this guy done? What did the guy form Valdemoro just do?” No, because of the rules In order to do new jump you need to add some level of difficulty with a triple as minimum… And then you’ll need to add things right? Exactly, you can be creative all you want but to do a new jump…the judges will probably just say “What?” “What is that?” They don’t like it? Are they very conservative? Yes and I really don’t know all the rules, I’ve never read the book So you don’t know the rules of your sport? I do but not to that extent! It must be a giant ass book So there’s a big part that you just skip? Exactly, that’s why I have a coach Oh he tell you those things? You just skate Exactly So like you were saying… I’ve seen that the girls here use some pillows on their butts like the cyclists Yes, but those pillows are normally used when you’ve already fallen so many times that it works like a protection as the pain fades away To heal better right? Exactly They’re probably going to take it off and when they fall again and hurt themselves they’re going to put it on again But when you go on competitions, you dont take anything to protect you? Nothing But it wouldn’t matter and it would help you with the pain in case you fall But it’s not very esthetic It’s not pretty So because the sport is so attentive to the esthetic side, you guys need to be very carefull with everything It’s complicated Now to really finish, I’ve read not only your Wikipedia page but also some web results which is javierfernandezskater.com I have one thing to tell you Given that you are now the best of the world, you should change the name to something else like “javierfernandezthefuckingskater.com” I’m not just some skater I’m the fucking skater In a country like spain if I did that I would get crucified You wrote your biography and all And it’s all very It’s written Javi is a very humble madrilenian and a nice guy because you a good guy Are you not interested in becoming a “dark Javi, the dark skater” like a bad boy in the future? No, never because I’m a very natural person With my people and everyobody else Just because I’m the world champion of figure skating, it doesn’t make a better than anyone else Because you’re here interviewing me but maybe you’re the best interviewer in the world Well I’m getting there in the last championships in Cagliari, Carlos Herrera and I got to the finals Do you get it then? Yes I understand, everyone is good at something You never who you are going to meet So why should I be better than someone else? Yes, I’m good at this but it’s just that We take a picture and it’s done and I laugh and we spend a nice time together Why have always a straight face, and some bodyguard always behind me? I’m different I’m more of a close contact person I’m trying to get to your dark side but I can’t Imagine, only thinking on the marketing point of view since you’re already the world champion, being a nice guy now we get to 2016, and you show up dressed all in black with some Iron Maiden song people will go like “where does this guy come from?” “it’s Satan’s skater” Yes, but imagine now I say “I’m the fucking skater or something” The fucking skater and then next year, instead of getting the first place you get in third, what now? Yes, that would put a lot of pressure on you, I truly understand So it’s better to just stay this way Well and we’re done We just need to go easy on this and understand that it’s a complicated sport Look at those spins that they’re doing Holy mother Well I guess we’re done Javier Thank you very much What are you going to do now? Now? I don’t know, I have to talk with my mother first So you’re done for the day? Just going with your mother and have dinner right? I need to make a stop first A tiny stop and going home Well thank you very much and I hope that you can enjoy your vacations with your friends Thank you very much

Javier Fernández: games in the morning a triple Axel in the afternoon, LaVidaModerna (EngSubs)
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4 thoughts on “Javier Fernández: games in the morning a triple Axel in the afternoon, LaVidaModerna (EngSubs)

  • July 22, 2018 at 10:12 pm
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    amazing thanks boo

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  • July 23, 2018 at 5:17 pm
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    Thank you so much! All the previous short videos are amazing, too. But just to time subtitles for a 40 min long interview takes so much effort – so thank you again. I can sort of guess what he's talking about in the short videos or the gist of it has been translated in Javi's fan fest but this interview was completely uncomprehensible for me until now. Thank you that also non-Spanish speakers can enjoy this amazing and funny interview.

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  • December 30, 2018 at 1:27 am
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    Thank you so much for translating this long interview. I understand some spanish but they speak too fast for me to understand completely. I've subscribed 🙂

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  • February 16, 2019 at 1:26 am
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    Where are the English subtitles? I understand Spanish but I am sure I miss things. The settings only allow Spanish CC

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