The life of Isabel fernandez has taken a turn when it is 20 years since he got the gold medal in the Sydney Olympics. The Alicante judoka has changed his scrupulous schedules and feeding controls for a new life: his daughter, his gym and his position as vice president of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE). He admits that he still misses the competition, but turns his efforts into working from the outside for future Olympians.
“The time of sportsmanship is always missed. It’s what I like to do, compete in your sport, travel, the routine I had … There are many things that I have left. It was a lot of effort, but thanks to that I have achieved great things. It has been a long stage in my life with many years working to get results. It’s a time, you can’t spend your whole life competing ”, he admits. “These are the best years of your life, especially if the results accompany you, as it was,” he adds.
From some routines to others
“At first I did notice a lot the change in life, going from one routine to another. Your life changes a lot, but above all you miss the moments when you go out on the mat to compete, your nerves … I liked competition ”, explains the six times European champion and champion of Spain at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. “Now I am more focused on the gym, it is something that fills me a lot, also my daughter does judo and I try to help her as much as I can. My sport has given me everything and now I am delighted that my daughter likes it too ”.
Shortly after leaving the top competition, Isabel Fernández made her first foray into politics, becoming Councilor for Sports of the Alicante City Council by the PP. “It was a stage in my life, I gained experience and we did everything that could be done. It was a good time, ”recalls the laureate judoka, who has no thorn left from her sporting career. “I won the European, World and Games. It is not easy, but I am very proud of all the titles. I’ve seen the fight in the final many times, although I don’t need to see it because I remember it perfectly, ”he says.
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This information is part of a series of reports on retired athletes that have been prepared by various newspapers from Iberian Press. These means are The newspaper (Catalonia), Lift-EMV (Valencia), information (Alicante), Malaga Opinion Y The Opinion of A Coruña.
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