Javier Gómez Noya was born in Basel, Switzerland on March 25, 1983, but from just 3 months old, Javier and his family have lived in Spain.
Javier studied Engineering in Roads, Canals and Ports, but left his studies due to his professional sporting obligations and moved to Pontevedra. Since then he has studied papers in physical education (INEF), but kept his main focus on his sporting career.
When he is not training or racing, Javi spends his time with family and friends. He likes to relax by playing guitar, listening to music or reading. Javi also enjoys travelling and surfing near his home in Pontevedra.
Javi contributes to UNICEF through donations and he also collaborates with the University of Galicia to encourage young people in sport.
Having always been active and enjoying all different sports, Javi discovered triathlon in 1998. He made his debut in the Olympic-distance triathlon at the age of 15. Javi's evolution was extremely rapid; he won practically all the triathlons in which he participated in his category and was achieving high placings in open categories when he was still a junior. However, despite his fast progress, he faced more than a few obstacles on his climb to the top. In December 1999, the medical services of the CSD detected a cardiac anomaly and he was prohibited from being selected to represent Spain in international competitions. Javi was not going to let that stop him, and with the support of different world-ranked cardiology specialists, he decided to fight to recover his international license and demonstrate he could train and race at the highest level.
In November 2003, thanks to the intervention of a prestigious English physician, Javi finally recovered his license. Despite being out of condition and with only three weeks of training, he went to New Zealand and won the under-23 World Championship. This result brought Javi's sports career to a turning point. With the freedom to compete internationally, he decided to attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games in Athens. He competed in his first European Championship (Valencia) and World Championship (Madeira) achieving excellent 8th places in both. However, in a controversial decision by the technical director of the Fetri, which Javi would never understand, he was excluded from the Spanish Olympic Games team, which was a great disappointment for him.
He put 2004 behind him and began the 2005 season with hope. However the CSD again removed his license "irrevocably", without anything having changed in his situation. It was at the beginning of the 2006 season, after several months of fighting and visiting more international cardiology specialists, that Javi finally recovered his license. He went on to win 3 ITU World Cups in that year.
Since 2006 Javi has accumulated one of the best records ever achieved in triathlon history: Javi is 4 times and reigning ITU World Champion, Olympic Silver Medallist in London 2012, Ironman 70.3 World Champion, three times ITU European Champion, X-Terra World Champion, ITU Half distance European Champion, and 2 times Champion of the prestigious Hy-vee Triathlon together with other top results including 14 ITU World Cup and 10 World Series wins.
Most importantly, Javi still enjoys triathlon and his focus is now turned to achieving his dream of becoming Olympic Champion in Rio de Janeiro 2016.