Take it to the Max (All About Aaron)

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  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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  2. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the link, Sylvia. I was hoping our local Jewish newspaper (The Jewish Exponent Phila., PA) would pick up this story! Now, maybe they will?
  3. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

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    Have you thought about contacting the editor with a lead?
  4. luenatic

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    A small mistake in the article: "Finishing 13th (@Worlds) or better puts him on the U.S. Olympic team for the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia."
  5. PRlady

    PRlady aspiring tri-national

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    I just saw this. (Professionally I get the JTA bulletin every day). And I emailed a friend at JTA the exact facts on this which hopefully will correct the story.
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  6. merrywidow

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    That comment really threw me for a loop. Glad to know it is a mistake. I am such a fan of his...great talent, great enthusiasm & personality. Go Max!!
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    PRlady aspiring tri-national

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    PRlady aspiring tri-national

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    God, you're right. I think I'm going to have to let it go, if she didn't understand my very clear email she will only get pissed at having to change it again. Sigh.
  10. luenatic

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    What? A reporter getting pissed off for correcting a factual error? I hope this reporter has higher professional integrity than that.
  11. purple skates

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    I'm always happy to see skating articles - especially ones that go to some length - but I hope she didn't get paid too much for writing that. :shuffle: I'm consistently amazed at what passes for professional writing these days. My high schooler could probably have written it with more coherance.
  12. paskatefan

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    I have contacted the editor about this, including before this article appeared, through private e-mail, Facebook, & Twitter (also yesterday). There is a local angle to this too. Max's family lived for a time in Dresher, PA (a suburb of Philly). I found out this info @ last July's Liberty Summer Competition in Aston, PA when I got to talk to Max & his parents.
  13. B.Cooper

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    IIRC, Aaron's parents lived in the area when Dr. Aaron was doing his residency.
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  15. Sylvia

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    Happy 21st birthday to Max Aaron! :)

    Was the JTA article corrected further? It now reads:
  16. olympic

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    Is he capable of a 4toe? I wonder if he'd be ambitious enough to add one to the SP, as the solo jump, and then to the LP (perhaps replace one of the 3x's)
  17. Sylvia

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    Max has said he plans to incorporate the 4T into his programs next season. At the June 2012 Broadmoor Open Jumps comp., I saw him land a 4S+2T+2Lo & a 4T on the webcast.
  18. Sylvia

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    USFS' tweets re. Max's pre-Worlds media teleconference today:
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    Huh? This is insane.:eek:

    Go Max.:kickass:
  20. misskarne

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    Just as long as he doesn't break himself trying to do it....
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    So worried for all the men trying to outdo each other multi-quadding.

    Stay healthy, Max!
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    Agree. Any serious injuries will see the end to the jumps and probably career. Not worth breaking one's back for a medal, IMO (unless of course one is bionic like Plushenko).:D
  23. NadineWhite

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    Thanks for always finding and posting the latest info., Sylvia, it's much much appreciated! :)

    Dream BIG, that's the way to go, even Walt Disney says a dream is a wish your heart makes....

    And may all Max's dreams come true. :saint:

    ps: HAPPY BELATED 21ST BIRTHDAY! :respec:
  24. olympic

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    Encouraging to me that he has been with Pasquale Camerlengo for choreography. I think he needs that more than anything else.

    He is 'working towards 3 quads in the free' - Is that in preparation for Worlds or is that just generally?? I get that 'shoot for the stars' comment is likely just related to the future
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    We just got our latest copy of our weekly Jewish newspaper, The Jewish Exponent (Phila., PA). The JTA article got printed in the paper! :cheer:
  26. Sylvia

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    Here's a summary of some highlights from the call - I thought Max was informative and well-spoken.

    After 4 Continents, he said he worked on enhancing the choreography of both his programs with Pasquale Camerlengo in Colorado Springs with a goal of turning up the performance (level) and attaining level 4 in his step sequences. His program will have the same jump layout for Worlds.

    He mentioned that he started hearing hurtful comments about his style of skating at the Novice level -- that he would never make it big in the sport because he was categorized as too much of an "European style" skater like Brian Joubert, and that a lot of U.S. fans and judges were more used to a Jeremy Abbott/Matt Savoie style of skater, which he knew he could not be. He thought about quitting skating last year but decided he wanted to give it his all and didn't want to leave anything unturned as well as let anyone tell him what he can and can't do in skating.

    He works with a sports psychologist and believes "pressure is for those who are unprepared" and that he is very well-trained not be affected by a mistake, like a fall. He cited 4 Continents as being very good preparation for Worlds since the pressure was more intense there than he had ever experienced before, including skating in front of a packed house in Japan.

    He was asked about quads and the risk of injury and he replied that the key for him is off-ice training and recovery. He has a varied off-ice regimen to build explosiveness in his legs, stamina, and to train his back and spine to take the impact of landing quads: lifting weights, treadmill, exercises in the pool, running, etc.

    He mentioned that he is working towards having two 4S and a 4T in his FS, maybe even 4 quads eventually. He says he also has practiced quad loop and Lutz, but not Axel yet, though he'd like to try it in the off-season just to see if he could get around.
  28. olympic

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    As always, Thanks Sylvia.

    So, his jump layout at Worlds will be two 4sals (4s-3t and 4s) and the 3 jump combo will be 2x-1Loop -3sal. Was kinda hoping he'd slip a 4t in there somewhere by Worlds and really rock the house!

    I'm glad he's working on the choreography w/ Pasquale even more and trying to obtain Lv4 on the FW, and that he is handling the pressure well. Max has a body type that doesn't lend itself to easy balletic extensions. He has short, powerful legs.

    Hopefully, he will do well at Worlds.
  29. love_skate2011

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    Max AAron is US men's next big thing well until Joshua, Jason, Vincent and Nathan get enough experience
    the way the US media is playing so much about Max and Gracie as the new stars are a bit premature atm though
  30. jlai

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    I like Jeremy's style but when I watched Max live and he was on, I enjoyed him--every single time.
  31. misskarne

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    Poor Max. :( Fancy hearing that when you were only a Novice...

    I'd rather watch Max over Jeremy any day! I like his mindset...it seems very strong! :)

    So he's nuts then :eek:

    You may as well get used to it, now that it's come out that they're dating the NBC are gonna go nuts.

    Not sure about Gracie, but Max seems so rock-solid that maybe, just maybe, the US has a man or two that they can rely on at last.

    Bingo. Watching the long programs of the top four, I keep thinking that I always enjoy Max, Ross and Joshua, but not Jeremy, and I think I know why - Max looked like he was having a ball, Ross was grinning like a maniac, even Joshua smiled during his skate (which is unusual for him)...but Jeremy looked like he was being killed by slow torture.
  32. Vagabond

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    I like Max Aaron, I really do, but the U.S. judges have treated him much more kindly than they ever treated Matt Savoie.
  33. Skittl1321

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    If he can get a freaking quad axel around, I hope USfsa will send him to a senior b just so he can go land one in competition (I can't really imagine someone taking a risk like that at a major comp, not when he can get big points on other solid quads)
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    Probably more a push for them to be treated with respect by international judges at Worlds. Here's hoping the entire U.S. team brings it at Worlds in London, Ontario!
  35. spikydurian

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    What's wrong with an European style? :confused: Max shouldn't feel hurt because he should develop his own style. If he starts off as being more power and athletic, then make full use of his strengths and continue to improve on other areas where he may be seen to be weaker in. He must be doing the right thing to get where he is now. Go Max:kickass: ;)
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    ^^ ITA! It's a mixed bag of apples and oranges anyway. Back in the day, Dick Button was seen as the powerful, athletic North American skater going up against the more artistic European-style skaters. Jackson Haines left America and gained fame in Austria as a skater who introduced lyrical arm movements and music to figure skating. In his book, Johnny Weir said that early in his career, he was accused by some USFS officials of looking "too Russian" with his costumes. Toller Cranston was an artistic innovator from Canada. Elvis Stojko was a Canadian skater who raised the bar technically and athletically.

    There are all kinds of skaters regardless of country of origin who have different qualities to bring and none should be labeled, categorized and/ or marginalized. I think Max should just continue improving his weaknesses, developing his strengths and doing his own thing on the ice.
  37. Garden Kitty

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    I'd much rather see a skater do his own style well than try to imitate someone else. I always loved Matt Savoie, but I enjoyed Max's performance in Omaha as well.
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    Sylvia, did I tell you recently how much I love you? :D Thank you so much for the summary of the conference.
  39. Sylvia

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  40. Sylvia

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    New article: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130306&content_id=42354590&vkey=ice_news
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    Also mentioned in the article is that Aaron won the Professional Skaters Association's EDI Award for Best Men's Performance at 2013 Nationals.
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