The Home Advantage

One remains on the courts while the other has moved from the fairway to the ringside, but together, retired sports champs Gigi Fernandez and Jane Geddes have planted roots in the area



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Exactly one mile north of Gigi’s workplace is the headquarters of WWE—World Wrestling Entertainment—where Jane manages the talent when she’s not being a mom to Karson and Madison, which is a job she finds “awesome. The kids are at such a fun age now,” she says. “Every day is a new sport.”

Jane can look out her office window and see across the Sound to the four candy-striped smokestacks over Northport, Long Island, her stomping grounds. Having lived all over the world, she no longer has the “Lawn Guyland” accent, but she has retained the lightning-fast manner of talking and getting things done. And what she loves most of all is watching over the give-and-take of the kids, who, like all twins, wake up in the morning with a buddy-competitor right at hand.

“They’re constantly competing,” says Jane with a smile. “Just this morning, putting on shoes was a competition.” She adopts a lecturing tone. “Maddy says, ‘I don’t see why you were putting on his shoes first because I was behaving better.’ And I said, ‘This is not a competition,’ which is our standard word. Because everything is a competition. Everything. Which is good news-bad news.”

When it is suggested that two such moms would raise such a zealous brood, Jane breaks out with an easy laugh. “Right. Well, Gigi is ultra competitive. I’m not nearly as competitive as she is. By nature, I’m let’s-all-get-along. I’ve done all my competing.”

The fact that she’s working in the pro-wrestling empire, an industry built on mock brutality and explosive ringside soap operas, is quite a switch from the well-mannered country club of professional golf where the most severe term of approbation might be a chilly eyebrow lifting slowly. It’s a surprising switch only if you don’t know how absolutely driven Jane is. Gigi and Jane. And the kids.

Jane and Gigi really feel they’ve found a home now in Stamford and Darien. It was, however, a long, skylarking haul getting here.

“We lived our life in reverse,” Jane says one day, sitting in her immaculate office. “We both played sports and traveled around the world, which is what people do when they’re retired. And we got paid for it. Then we retired, went to school and then had kids. So everything is like a complete reversal.

“We’re very content with our life in a funny way. We’re older parents. We’ve done our traveling and been everywhere. So now we’re able to focus on the kids and hopefully take them places. They’re definitely victims of their environment, which I hope is good. You just hope.”

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