Found the protocol - or at least the scores hopefully correctly copied to the Stats on Ice database. And there is no 4S there. He did the normal jump content for the FS that season: 3A, 3Lz, 3Lo, 2Lz+2T+2T, 3F, 3S, 3T+2T, 2A+2A+SEQ. He even messed the 3S and got -2 GOE for it (the fall was probably the 3A with -3 GOE). Did he get it done in the practices at that competition? Or then he jumped that 4S in his dreams? Officially, the first Javi quad is still that fallen 4T from Cup of Nice 2009.Europosrt.es recorded a podcast with him on the first JFAcacemy event this week. You can listen it here.
They went down memory lane at some point and he got asked of his first ever quad. The answer surprised me completely - I have compiled a list of his quads and this one was not in it and could also not be predicted. Apparently Golden Spin 2007 and a 4S.
The protocols for that competition are not available in any of the databases I have been able to consult. However, the protocols for most of the competitions after that are available, and he did not try a quad again until Cup of Nice fall 2009 and then it was a 4T. He did have a 3S in his programs, but in the second part so that it was not intended as a quad. That 4T from 2009 has been recorded for posterity (enjoy an early version of Pirates also).
I really, really love the post-Sochi transformation in Javi! Not only had he become a more mature, more polished skater, but he also consistently had superb programs from season to season. It's so nice to see they went out of their way to explore different things with him, and Javi was one of the few skaters who could actually deliver very different programs convincingly. (I think it's also David Wilson who said in an interview that Javi could "do goofball comedy and then turn around and make you cry.") My only regret is that the Elvis program did not really work for me. Well that and we'll never see what Danny Boy would look like as an SP. But I think all this SPs in the post-Sochi years are masterpieces, so I am not complaining.Miduola, our history with Javi is apparently very similar I ofc did know him from having followed skating pretty intesively for years, but had really not thought he was interesting before fall 2014. I still remember how I watched Skate Canada and within the first minute of Black Betty, I was wondering what has happened to this guy, this looks and feels different and in a good way... After Rostelecom I was already a fan and have not looked back since. My old faves are perhaps the Pirates and I Love Paris - the Chaplin free I have found always a bit uninteresting...
In 2019, I had a chance to talk with David Wilson at the meet and greet after the final ROI show. And I got to ask him what changed, if anything changed, after Sochi. And he had a reply - Javi had always been a "cute skater" before and they decided to another way that season. Apparently, it took him some time to get used to it and get it right, but it was the beginning of an amazing development. I would sometime really want to ask Brian the same question to hear what he would have to say.
I could have written most of miduola's previous post easily, but I swear, we are two different people!I am curious, though, regarding your indifference toward the Chaplin FS in 2012-2013. Is there something that you particularly dislike about it, or did it just in general not excite you? I kind of think of it as the epitome of Javi as a "cute skater." But I do admit that if you compare it to the Modern Time SP, not only had Javi improved a lot as a skater, but the later program is also much more sophisticated and coherent.
Plus his skating at the time was still very sloppy. It's the same as with Pirates, the movement is probably based on his skills at maintaining a balance on his blades and being able to use body movement in almost any way you can think of, but you can't be absolutely sure he's not just stumbling on his feet by chance. That was all fixed in the post-Sochi period.