Javier Fernandez ESP
2013 Worlds free skate
7th SP, 4th FS, bronze overall
He just keeps doing it. Javier Fernandez has been a pioneer – first Grand Prix title for Spain, first European title for Spain, and with this free skate, the first World medal for Spain. Sure, it wasn’t his best effort of the season, but after popping his axel and finishing seventh in the short, Fernandez gave his podium chances a boost with a solid free skate. And he took advantage of lots of movement in the standings to move up to take the bronze.
Chaplin has been the music of revelation for a number of skaters, and Fernandez is one of them. Compare his short program and his free skate this season, and you can see the difference in his comfort in interpreting the music. Now, maybe playing the Chaplin character has been done so much that it’s easy to imitate. But still, it’s a side of his musicality that has been missing.
The things to pay attention to in this free skate, though, are certainly his quads. With his consistency on those jumps, I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to go with four quads in his free skate next season (two toes and two sals). What’s also been the difference this season is his fight – he had mistakes, but he was able to get onto the podium because he didn’t let the mistakes snowball as he had in the past.
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