Fernández' path to success unlikely as they come

Javier Fernandez (third from right) with (l. to r.) his parents, sister, girlfriend Miki Ando's daughter, Himawari, and Ando last summer on a Spanish beach.  (Courtesy Javier Fernandez via Instagram)

Javier Fernandez (third from right) with (l. to r.) his parents, sister, girlfriend Miki Ando's daughter, Himawari, and Ando last summer on a Spanish beach.  (Courtesy Javier Fernandez via Instagram)

There are many unlikely and compelling scenes, both professional and personal, in the script that recounts how Javier Fernández got to the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston this week as the defending men's champion.

It's a screenplay just waiting to be made into a biopic.

Start with how he was discovered, convinced to move to the United States and helped financially by a leading international coach, Nikoli Morozov, despite Fernández' thoroughly unimpressive skating when Morozov saw him at a summer camp in Andorra.

Continue with how he was admittedly not the hardest-working guy in the rink most of the time.

Have him become the first Spanish man in 54 years to compete in the Olympic Winter Games two years after coming to North America.

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