Spain's two Winter Olympics medallists return home

Javier Fernández on the ice.
Javier Fernández on the ice. / SUR
  • Figure skater Javier Fernández and snowboarder Regino Hernández both picked up bronze in Pyeongchang

Regino Hernández and Javier Fernández will go down in Spanish sporting history after winning a bronze medal each at this year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. This is Spain's best ever performance in the competition, the first time that its team has won multiple medals.

Spain's first medal came from Regino Hernández, from Mijas, who came third in the men's snowboard cross. He came back to Spain to a hero's welcome from his girlfriend Elena Aragón and close friends Francesca Occelli and Álvaro Aragón. Regino was sporting his characteristic style, with a smile from ear to ear, a woolly hat and a large beard, which his friends paid tribute to with their own imitations.

Regino and his girlfriend have received a lot of attention from the press following his return. Elena said: “It's been very emotional, we were very nervous and in the end I cried a little bit. Now everything has calmed down a bit and I'm very excited to celebrate with him.”

Javier Fernández has long been known as a world-class figure skater. He was world champion in 2015 and 2016, and has been European champion for six consecutive years, since 2013. His dream is now complete: “I feel amazing. It's the first Olympic skating medal that Spain has ever won, and although it isn't a gold or a silver, for me it's enough. All of the work that I have put into skating has let me achieve my dream, which was to win an Olympic medal.”

He was beaming on the medal podium alongside Japanese skaters Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno, both close friends of his.