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    Olympic Hopefuls at Team USA Media Summit in Utah: skater news/social media coverage

    The pre-Sochi Olympic Team USA Media Summit will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2013, in Park City, Utah. More than 100 Team USA hopefuls for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will participate in the four-day event.
    http://www.teamusa.org/Media/Games/S...4/Media-Summit

    TOTAL: 110 participants (as of Sept. 26, subject to change)
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    Figure Skating (14)
    Max Aaron
    Jeremy Abbott
    Marissa Castelli
    John Coughlin
    Meryl Davis
    Caydee Denney
    Gracie Gold
    Evan Lysacek
    Alex Shibutani
    Maia Shibutani
    Simon Shnapir
    Ashley Wagner
    Charlie White
    Agnes Zawadzki
    I'm glad to see Castelli/Shnapir included this time. Chock/Bates (Finlandia), Ross Miner and Christina Gao (both assigned to Nepela Trophy) are scheduled to make their respective international season debuts in early October, which likely is why they are not included here (I assume they were invited).
    Last edited by Sylvia; 09-26-2013 at 05:54 PM.
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    Associated Press article with good news for Max Aaron! http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports...e9c_story.html
    BOSTON — Liberty Mutual, a U.S. Olympic Committee sponsor, has announced the athletes it will be supporting for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Paralympics.

    ... Max Aaron (figure skating) ...

    Liberty Mutual says the athletes were chosen in part because each has endured and overcome some sort of struggle.
    Tweeted today by @MaxTAaron:
    It’s official – on the #roadtosochi with #TeamLM. Thanks to sponsor @LibertyMutual for helping me #RISE up. Http://pic.twitter.com/xrUkbQUJAc

    [4 days ago]
    Just wrapped a fun shoot! Can't wait to share the photos with all of you. http://instagram.com/p/ek0I18I2N0/
    Last edited by Sylvia; 09-26-2013 at 05:57 PM.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Tweeted by @MaxTAaron and the Instagram photo link was tweeted by Gracie Gold:
    Just arrived in Utah with @agneszawadzki! Can't wait for the @USOlympic Media Summit to begin.

    Got to meet @lolojones today! She's such a great athlete and so funny! http://instagram.com/p/e3gqd4LArE/
    Twitter hash tag is #MediaSummit
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Thanks, I saw some of the skaters tweeting about Park City and I wasn't sure what they were referencing. I hope they all have fun, and glad that Max got a nice endorsement.
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    Tweeted by USFS:
    Press conference time with @EvanLysacek, @AshWagner2010, @MaxTAaron, @GraceEGold, @jeremyabbottpcf and @agneszawadzki #MediaSummit

    And you say you want to be an Olympian? Check out this press conference setup. #MediaSummit http://pic.twitter.com/iyNm4BnEDc

    Yep, that's Michelle Kwan in the foreground. Kwan is here working to cover the Olympics for @FOXSports1. http://pic.twitter.com/TkzKI0X2MU

    @MaxTAaron and @jeremyabbottpcf speak with the media. #MediaSummit http://pic.twitter.com/answ5Sphqo
    Lysacek announced his withdrawal from Skate America in the press conference just now - see
    the relevant tweets posted in his news thread: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post4006389

    Tweeted by @amyrosewater:
    @GraceEGold said "so far so good" with Frank Carroll as her coach. Says "He is a stickler for doing programs." #TeamUSA #MediaSummit
    Tweeted by @KellyWhiteside of USA Today:
    Amen @AshWagner2010. Says she has many friends & family in LGBT community & "we'll see what we can do" about speaking out about anti-gay law

    Six US fig skaters asked about anti-gay Russian laws. 2 said they disagree w the law, 4 didn't take a stand, supportive of USOC efforts
    ETA link to new GSD thread: Ashley Wagner decries Russian anti-gay law
    Last edited by Sylvia; 09-30-2013 at 11:23 PM.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    The set up for the media event looks to be different from the autumn media event in Chicago back in 2009, where much of the media did one on one interviews, rather than group Q and A's.

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    Closer up photos of the U.S. singles skaters on stage for their morning press conference (Lysacek, Wagner, Aaron, Gold, Abbott, Zawadzki):
    http://pic.twitter.com/P0pEmdrX0l
    http://instagram.com/p/e467RdwmON/
    http://pic.twitter.com/r6c32l7nxk

    Link to USFS' Twitter timeline: https://twitter.com/USFigureSkating
    Look who we found at the #MediaSummit...Good luck to both in their media roles in #Sochi! #Kwan #Yamaguchi http://pic.twitter.com/IGwDKvDVqI
    Last edited by Sylvia; 09-30-2013 at 11:44 PM.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Recap of what the Team USA singles skaters said to the media in Park City today: http://www.icenetwork.com/news/2013/09/30/62231950

    ETA more USFS photos/tweets/Instagram & vine videos:

    Instagram photo of Abbott with the Kween! http://instagram.com/p/e5IlIMm3y8/

    "A sweet moment between friends @agneszawadzki and @AshWagner2010 #MediaSummit" http://pic.twitter.com/4b9v1I4TvQ

    Video of Abbott, Aaron and Lysacek posing: http://instagram.com/p/e5hT_xG34R/

    "Flash bulbs all over the place. A look at some of the seven photo stations in one room. #MediaSummit" https://vine.co/v/h6lWzVJ6lKH

    Video montage that includes Wagner and Zawadzki: http://vine.co/v/h6ldu2b0IiW

    "Two lovely ladies talk figure skating ... Kwan and @AshWagner2010 on @FOXSports1 #MediaSummit" http://pic.twitter.com/O6ffckovQc
    Last edited by Sylvia; 10-01-2013 at 12:00 AM.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Photos of the singles skaters from the media summit today, including the various photo shoots:

    All photos tagged 'figure skater'

    By skater:

    Ashley Wagner

    Max Aaron

    Gracie Gold

    Agnes Zawadzki

    Jeremy Abbott

    Evan Lysacek

    ETA Bonus Pics!

    The Kween

    Kristi Yamaguchi
    Last edited by Sylvia; 10-01-2013 at 05:53 AM.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Maia & Alex Shibutani's Google+ Hangout with David Boudia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAREGb_bQv8
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Great photos! I noticed in the group photo that Max is wearing those brown dress shoes again that I've seen him wear at WTT and a few other photos this season. He must really like them!

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    Love the photos! Kristi doesn't age, does she? Beautiful as ever.
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    Article about Max Aaron's busy day yesterday: http://www.teamusa.org/Road-to-Sochi...ort-To-The-Max

    ETA:
    Blue mittens launch USOC fundraising push for Sochi: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...mpics/2897201/
    Last edited by Sylvia; 10-01-2013 at 08:11 PM.
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    I hate seeing Mirai left out of these events. It makes the outcome at Nats seem predetermined. But remember Keauna and Rockne and Coca Cola. The best-laid plans of skating feds and man....

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    Wow, Kristi looks amazing!

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    Thank you Sylvia for all the news, photos and info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    I hate seeing Mirai left out of these events. It makes the outcome at Nats seem predetermined. But remember Keauna and Rockne and Coca Cola. The best-laid plans of skating feds and man....
    ...and I hate to see C/B missing from this, but I do know that they can't be there because of Finlandia. It just seems that the press is all about S/S and I would hate to think they have a "predetermined" lock on a spot considering H/D's recent showing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    I hate seeing Mirai left out of these events. It makes the outcome at Nats seem predetermined.
    But she did all this stuff in 2010 didn't she?

    She has not proven herself to be one of the top contenders thus far. Therefore, she's not a part of the 2014 hype. But then again - maybe it's better for her that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RD View Post
    She has not proven herself to be one of the top contenders thus far.
    Has Evan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveRocks View Post
    Has Evan?
    Say what you will, but he IS the reigning Oly champ...

    Most (if not all) the fans assume he won't make it, but as far as the press is concerned, nothing builds hype like an Olympic champ going for another one.

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