Movistar+ recounts in Informe+ Blanca the exciting life of Blanca Fernandez Ochoa. The documentary, one of the most special for the platform, sees the light two years after the death of the legendary skier. The participation of her entire family is a tribute to a life dedicated to the mountains, that of the first Olympic medalist our country has had. The documentary is available on demand on said platform.
His sister Lola attends this website to show more details of this semblance.
–How did you come up with the idea of creating a report on the story of your sister Blanca
–There have been many people who, as a result of her death, have called us to make a program about her. This year they called us again from Informe+, and as I believe that their trajectory in documentaries supports them, we decided to do it as a tribute.
–How would you define your sister Blanca
athlete she was exceptional. He had an impressive capacity for sacrifice, he never gave up. Born with the gift of sport. The more difficult the track was, the better it was, when the weather was more adverse, the more it grew. She was the first Spanish Olympic medalist, the only one in winter sports, an incomparable figure.
-Matias Prats says in the documentary that Blanca was a great star with a precarious sports base, what would have happened to Blanca if she had been born 30 years later
-Yes. We have a very difficult time. Women’s sport barely had visibility. If he had been born today he would have been even bigger. The means are better, in terms of training, the trips are now more comfortable, the training techniques are more qualified and the aids are superior.
–Your sister was the first Spanish Olympic medalist, what memories do you have of those Olympic Games in Albertville in 1992
I remember it as the most beautiful trip I’ve ever done. The coaches didn’t want us to go because we could make her nervous. My brothers and I skipped the directions and planted ourselves in France. We faced it with a lot of nerves because we didn’t know what would happen, if it would fall again, we went with the flags, with a very funny banner… it was wonderful. The bronze medal tasted like gold to us. Blanca often told me that that day we gave her wings.
–How did they experience the moment of her retirement at the age of 30
–When she decided to retire, we understood. He had been in the top ten for 16 years. Shortly after retiring, he was diagnosed with depression. At first we thought it was normal because retirement is a difficult time for an athlete to face. The mistake was that it wasn’t depression and what Blanca really suffered from was bipolarity.
-How were Blanca’s last days as a result of her disappearance in the mountains
– We did not expect it. We didn’t think something like this would happen. Blanca had had bad moments, but at that time she was phenomenal. She had big slumps in the spring and fall. It was a tremendous setback for everyone. After two years, I can tell you that there have been so many people who have supported us, who have given us their unconditional help, so many friends who came looking for her… That has been the push to keep going.
–Her two children have opted for rugby…
–Blanca did not want them to dedicate themselves to an individual sport. She did not want her children to go through many experiences that she had to face. Olivia started playing rugby in the Las Rozas women’s team and has made it to the national team. She has a physique similar to her mother’s.
A documentary that had been on Movistar +’s agenda for some time
Angel Huertas belongs to Movistar+’s Informe+ team and is the creator of the documentary. The story of Blanca Fernandez Ochoa was very present for the platform. “We’re always on the lookout for good stories and obviously we’ve had it on our agenda for a long time.” The journalist has thanked the collaboration of the whole family.
“They have lent themselves openly, leaving impressive totals. We have had access to the mother who is over 90 years old, her siblings and children. The interview with the daughter Olivia was very hard because it is a very sensitive subject. The documentary features the interventions of Matias Prats, Olga Viza and Maria Jose Rienda. “It is difficult to bring together two better journalists than Olga and Matias. They grew up next to Blanca, they have a personal relationship with her”, he explains.