For years, Farris was more known for whining than winning.
"I used to have the worst attitude on the ice," he said. "I used to kick the ice. I used to throw a fit. Think of it. You name it. That's what I did."
At the 2010 Grand Prix junior final in Beijing, he fell during his warm-up and slapped and kicked the ice so hard every face in the crowd stared at him. In 2011 he switched coaches to [Damon] Allen and [Christy] Krall, and they rode him like stern parents.
"The biggest change is his maturity," Allen said. "He's taking ownership of his training."
That training includes a quad, the four-revolution jump that is now the standard operating procedure for any Olympic hopeful. He's landed it only once in competition — Aug. 31 at the Lake Placid Grand Prix — but has handled the many falls that accompany it in practice.
"It's a little more inconsistent than it was at the end of the season," he said. "I just think, 'Hmm. That's OK. Breathe. Take a lap.' "