This is hilarious! Jaime Camil is doing a dubsmash of the very dramatic novela scene that’s going around. And the lady on the left is the actress that does it. You know the pictures that say “judges you in Spanish”, etc? Well that’s her!
“Now that worlds are over, something seriously needs to be done about the bias of the Canadian and Spanish judges against Uno and Hanyu, I love both Patrick and Javier and I know they have nothing to do with this; but those judges really crossed the limit”
The Sanders Sides as things I've done in my trip to Germany so far
Insisting on touching everything I can at museums, so I can “feel history with my own hands”.
Spending like half an hour thinking of a way to ask for something in German in a store using the least amount of words possible, so I don’t mess up. End up saying “bitte? … ja … danke… bitte”.
Yell “MIRA EL PERRO” (look at the dog!!) in the street shamelessly because Germans won’t understand Spanish and therefore won’t judge me.
Dramatically complain all the way up the stairs in huge historical buildings, thinking “if this is what princes have to do to save princesses locked in towers then my respect for them… ”
Javier Fernández [Interview] “I’m better recognized on the streets of Japan and Russia”
Born in: Madrid, 1991.
Why is he here?: Because he’s the best Spanish skater of all times, European champion in the past two years and bronze medalist in the last World Championship.
What will he do in 2015?: He’ll try to revalidate his title in the European championship in Stockholm, which will be disputed at the end of January, and become one of the top best in the World Championship in Shanghai this March.
The conquer of European Championship in Zabreg, in 2013, was, according to Javier Fernandez, his “most emotive title”.“Because there was my family, and because sometimes, even when you’ve been working hard for years trying to achieve it, it is difficult to take that definitive step and stand on the podium”.
He’s one of the best in the spanish sports, above many others who fill minutes of telediarios (spanish informative programme) having way less merits. Javier Fernandez, who was born on a southern neighborhood in Madrid (Cuatro Vientos), raised on a peripherical city (Leganés), is stopped on the streets of countries such as Japan and Russia, where figure skating is more than just a familiar entertainment. Here, is starting to happen more often, because of his medal achievements.
In such a peculiar sport like this, in a futbol (soccer) – lover land as Madrid, I picture you as Billy Elliot, trying to convince everyone that this is what you wanted to do.
J: This sport is not well-known, and starting from scratch is hard. Creating your own name in the sport, the name of your sport in the country, and the name of your country in this sport, well, it’s a bit difficult.
We’re interviewing you in a sweet moment, after (winning) the silver medal in the Grand Prix Final, the prize of the Spanish Olympic Committee… What a good way to face the european and world championships.
J: Yeah. It’s been a year of accomplishments and lots of good things, and there still are the two most important competitions of the season left. It’s an honor to have received the prize from the COE (“Comité Olímpico Español” lit. Spanish Olympic Committee) together with Mireia Belmonte, who is a fantastic athlete.
You’re coming back to Toronto soon, which is where you live, to continue with your training. How’s your every day life?
J: I train six days a week, between two or three trainings of one hour each. And I do cardio three days a week. I don’t usually start very early, maybe at 12 o’clock or a bit earlier sometimes, but there’s always time left for doing tons of other things.
When reading your curriculum, one finds out that after you moved for training with Brian Orser in Canada, is when the results began to show up. Is there any direct relation or it is that maybe it was already your turn (to win)?
J: Of course moving out to Toronto to train with Brian has been “a plus”, I’ve learnt and improved a lot. The truth is that since I was a kid I’ve always been a fast learner… And when I moved to USA, with my former coach, the Russian Nikolái Morozov, I learnt a lot too. You rise little by little as an athlete and as a person, and you learn about the sport of high competition.
Moving overseas was a “must”, wasn’t it?
J: It depends of your level. You can achieve a very good level in Spain. But when you’re already competing against the best in the world, the little details are the ones that make the difference. And we don’t have those little details here yet, we’re working to have them. It can be more ice time, or the condition of the rink…, small details, but if you put them all together, they make a long-term difference.
How does a figure skater earn a living?
J: It depends of who you are…, it’s pretty complicated. You have to be a very well known worldwide skater… try to get sponsors, that helps a lot. And besides, luckily, we have exhibitions in the figure skating world, from which we get a little bit more benefits. You can kind of earn a living with that, but then, the life of a professional figure skater is too short, 26 or 27 years. The truth is, it doesn’t last longer.
And what do you picture yourself doing after that?
J: I want to become a coach, and remain linked to this sport, but we will see. But only a handful of them, no, a few of them can make profit from this sport for the rest of their lives.
At the interviews done to you during competitions, you always give the sensation that it’s too little for you, that you want more. Are you aiming to become the numer one?
J: It’s the competition. It is more than clear that I’m going to try to give my very best to keep getting as many titles as I can, and, If I improve and keep competing at this level, I hope I can get bigger challenges. But it is also clear for me that I’ve done a lot for this sport in Spain, and I’m really satisfied.
I’ve heard you saying that you can get better on basic skating skills. What does this mean? Going faster easily?
J: It is something more complex than that. It’s about speed, spins, softness…, little details that other skaters have already solved. But at the same time, they have troubles with stuff I have already mastered.
How’s training with your principal competitor, the world and Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu?(they wrote Yuzu’s name wrong xD…)
J: No problems. Rivalry in competition exists, but not conflict. We compete separately, it’s not One vs. The other, there’s not direct confrontation… Where I train is like a family. There’s a pretty strong friendship in this sport, which may not be seen in other sports of high competition.
Are you recognized on streets?
J: Once in a while (laughs). Perhaps more in other countries where this sport has plenty more fans, such as Japan or Russia. It’s different in Spain, this is a very new sport, but sometimes I get stopped. It is increasing.
Translated by: KaitouHyuuga Special thanks to HimekoYagami for her collaboration and revision ^^ (y gracias tambén a Mikorin por revisarlo :P)
*Clearly distressed and speaking rapidly* ¿Porque estas deciéndome esto?…¿Y que quieres que haga? No quiero hablar de esto… ¿por que me metas in tus problemas, que puedo hacer? …. ya, ya, okay, bye! *Hangs up her phone and sits on the side of the road, burying her face into her hands*
How to make Spanish speakers judge you: Say oliva instead of aceituna for “olive”
Side Note: Saying el aceite de oliva “olive oil” is totally fine and sometimes necessary because back in the day Spain was like aceite only comes from aceitunas but in any other situation saying oliva is kind of like wearing a pink wig in the world of the Hunger Games