Javier Fernandez became 7-times European champion


 

Javier Fernandez became 7-times European champion

26/01/2019

The Spanish skater Javier Fernandez won his 7th gold of the European Championships (271.59). Alexander Samarin from Russia landed on the second place (269.84), and the bronze medal went to Italian skater Matteo Rizzo (247.08), surprisingly and also unexpectedly even for himself.

Mikhail Kolyada, who was the leader after the Short program, couldn’t not cope with nerves as the majority from the strongest warm-up group and took the 5th position (240.87).

Javier has now the same number of European titles as Evgeni Plushenko. This championship is the last one in the brilliant career of the outstanding Spanish skater.

 

Javier Fernandez

 

Javier Fernandez

 

«Seven years ago, I did not suspect that I would win the 2019 European Championship. Just glad that all this happened in my life. I am sad because I have been training and performing for 21 years. Now it is time to leave, to complete a career. But at the same time, I am happy that I had a good career and I was able to achieve more than I could have imagined, - the seven-time European champion shared with the press and added: - Every figure skater has the opportunity to show himself and tell his story, regardless , where are you from. I hope that I have added my name to the history of figure skating and the history of Spain».

 

Alexander Samarin

 

«I tried to disconnect from everything that was happening around me. Yes, not everything worked out, but I am glad that I pleased my team. If someone had told me that everything would be like this, I would not have believed it. When I was young, I watched Javier perform. I am glad that he was able to leave beautifully like champion. I am glad that I was able to beat his nerves a little»,- said the silver medalist.

 

Matteo Rizzo

 

«I full of emotions, because going up from 10th to 3rd place is incredible. I am proud. For me, victory is unexpected. After me 11 athletes performed», - the Italian representative shared his emotions