Javier Fernandez has a plan. He's been having it for years. Because from the beginning Fernandez, with seven Europeans, two world slams and a bronze medal in the Olympic Games who have crowned him in skating, knew that his career as an athlete would have an end, and that this would come soon. Now, at 28, and when a year ago, he's confident and smiling. Because the plan is going,
"You must sow," he acknowledges the COUNTRY with the place of wisdom that he has been given his young age and 22 years of career. And also the one that gives to have to invent a life. In January, the best Spanish skater in history retired professionally from what had been his sport, but did not retire. "Nooo!" he laughs, always with a point of prudence. "I am not a retiree; well, of the competition yes, but not of life, nor of skating either. I would like to be connected, whenever I can, to what is my sport, and to sport in general," he says shortly after taking off his skates on a pispás, the same thing that will take then to put them on to pose giving incessant pirouettes while people stop, spontaneously, to cheer him. He, he says, is still surprising that affection, but he likes it,
Fernandez talks without straying from his blades on the ice rink placed in Madrid Plaza de Colón and as an ambassador for the fashion firm Uniqlo, which he met in his frequent stays in Japan. In addition, the brand is one of the sponsors of that track, where you will skate with audience that wants to do it with it, something unusual and that you want very much. Often, his seminary talks and camp classes fall short. He doesn't play the star, he likes contact with people,
After announcing its retirement in November 2018 and making it effective a little more than a month later, it now takes stock and does not hesitate to state that this "has been a good year, but a different year". He left it all tied up so the blow wasn't so hard. "The projects we prepare are working, we continue to have the support of institutions, media, brands. It's something that feels good, after 22 years dedicated to training and the competition that stage is over but we continue with another one", he says positively and always speaking in the plural. He has dared to put on his own ice show, Revolution On Ice, which has been joining music and skating for three years and has already sold 60,000 tickets this season. He intends to grow, expand it, cross borders and succeed with him. On the way he is accompanied by his agent, his team, his family. They don't allow him to stop: "We don't wait for opportunities to come to us. We knock on the doors: if you wait sitting there's someone who's going to do it before you." zoom in Javier Fernández, skating on the ice rink in Madrid's Plaza de Colón. KIKE FOR
also the question of mere survival. "You can't retire. You have to keep working," he confesses, nuanced: "You can live on this but it depends on how you are and how you worked it throughout your sporting career. If we are not one of the most eye-catching sports you have to do extra work, it is not just training." That's why he doesn't hesitate to ally with brands, to release the track with the authorities, to let himself be seen on social media with young skaters, traveling or with his girlfriend.
He knows he's been a pioneer and assumes it. More than the trajectory, already in the past, for a responsibility that places him in the future: to give visibility and "open the doors" to the quarry that will come and to which he sees possibilities. That's why he has dreams to fulfill. Continue to teach skating classes, as you already do in camps and seminars. And, in the future, "starting a club and being a professional coach", has bright eyes,
You don't see him making a career is politics. Although other colleagues, such as the Olympian María José Rienda, current secretary of state for sport, have pulled these defeats, he does not see them as his own and in fact does not even feel entirely comfortable with the question. "I've been asked, but it's not a field where I've trained myself to work on it. I'm interested but I wouldn't like to work on it," she reflects,
It won't be for lack of interest, for connections to the real world. He declares himself informed, very concerned about climate change. And feminist. "I am a defender of women. For all the things that need to be changed," he says after much thought, but not for avoiding answering, but for giving more strength to his words. "The world is evolving and we have to evolve with it. Improve and fix problems".
Withdrawal has also brought you benefits. The new routine and new schedules allow him to see his family more, and although they no longer live under the same roof (although they still visit Navalacruz, where he shares origins with Iker Casillas), they are often left to dinner or be together. "It's gratifying to know that you have them there and not thousands of miles away," confesses a man accustomed to living in different parts of the planet—from Jaca to Hackensack in New Jersey, Moscow or Toronto—and sleeping on planes. Something that also happens to his friends in the neighborhood, cuatro Vientos, those of a lifetime and to which he remains "very linked". "If there is a friendship it doesn't matter if you live somewhere else, don't talk every day. they fully understand it.
"You have to be very cautious and have your people around to guide you," he says of that environment, which has taught him to return to a reality he has never experienced because of travel, concentrations, training. The same one that helps you work. "You have to be aware that life is going to change you. You have to be prepared, it's a strong transition. Do one thing for so long and at a very high level of demand... your life changes to 100%. I understand that many athletes can get lost along the way." He knows what he's talking about and that's why he always had a plan,