He was born in Cercedilla Madrid.
Throughout his career he won only one World Cup race. However, he won a gold medal in slalom during the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. He is known as being the only Spaniard ever to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. German-born Johann Muehlegg won three gold medals in cross-country skiing, but was stripped of his gold medals for doping offenses. Ochoa's sister Blanca Fernández-Ochoa was the only other Spanish athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics; she won the bronze medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville in the slalom.
At the World Championships in 1974 Ochoa won a bronze medal in the same event.
Fernández-Ochoa died of cancer in Madrid in 2006.
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