By John Smith • 18 February 2018 • 13:11
A delighted Javier Fernandez shows off his Bronze medal
MADRID born Javier Fernandez has become the first Spaniard to win an Olympic medal on ice when he came third in the figure skating.
This is his third Winter Olympics and although he has previously won European and World championships, this is his greatest achievement in the Olympic Games and he was incredibly close to the Japanese silver medallist, losing points for just one poor exit from a quadruple salchow.
Known as SuperJavi, his dedication took him to practise in the USA before moving to Toronto in 2011 where he participates in regular competitions there as well as training with defending Olympic champion and training partner Yuzuru Hanyu who scored gold and silver medallist Shoma Uno.
Prior to his success in Pyeongchang, the man who has been so successful in what is an ignored sport in his homeland was recognised by being awarded the Royal Order of Sports Merit by the Spanish government in 2016.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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