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    Max Aaron

    To start us off, here's his interview with The Skating Lesson. 50 minutes of fantastic Max, talking Carmen, hockey, a broken back, the two rings he really wants (one of them is NOT what you think ), life after skating and working on the whole package.

    http://www.theskatinglesson.com/max-aaron-interview/


    Biographical information

    ISU Biography
    http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00010531.htm

    Icenetwork Biography:
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/profile/max_aaron

    Wikipedia:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Aaron

    Tracings Entry:
    http://tracings.net/aaro-max.html

    Social Media

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/maxtaaron

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/max.aaron.3

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/maxtaaron/

    Fan Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Max-A...93337267347535




    ETA (Apr 2015), as a work in progress (not complete), collecting links here to contribute to Doris and Mrs. P's 2015 Summer Fan Fest Fete:

    IceNetwork bio: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/profile/max_aaron

    ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00010531.htm

    Twitter: @MaxTAaron

    Instagram: @maxtaaron

    Official fan page on Facebook for Max (viewable without a Facebook account):

    Max's personal Facebook page (not viewable without a Facebook account):

    Max's website has lapsed. Used to be http://www.max-aaron.com/ .
    Its webmaster is/was the same person responsible for Max's fan page on Facebook. On Mar 18, she wrote on Facebook:
    I am aware Max's website is down. Please bear with me until Friday. It should be back then!! Thanks for your patience .
    No update since then.

    Senior competitive history:

    2015 - World Team Trophy - 1st (team): video of Nessun Dorma SP debut (4:19); sabinfire's post w/ link to unlisted HD video of SP (6:25); video of Black Swan FS debut (8:08) [choreo for both by Phillip Mills]; Too Close exhibition (3:18)
    2015 - U.S. Championships - 4th: NBC video of Gladiator FS (4:58) [choreo by Camerlengo]
    2014 - Skate Canada - 3rd; Rostelecom Cup - 7th
    2014 - U.S. International Classic - 1st: Footloose (Kenny Loggins) SP (6:26) [choreo by Mark Pillay]

    2014 - World Championships - 8th
    2014 - U.S. Championships - 3rd
    2013 - Skate America - 3rd; NHK Trophy - 7th
    2013 - U.S. International Figure Skating Classic - 1st

    2013 - World Team Trophy - 1st (team): exhibition (4:47)
    2013 - Four Continents Championships - 4th; World Championships - 7th
    2013 - U.S. Championships - 1st: Tron: Legacy SP (7:20); West Side Story FS (9:09); FS practice 01-24-2013 (4:38)
    2013 - Midwestern Sectional - 1st: West Side Story FS (5:46)
    2012 - U.S. International Classic - 1st; Coupe de Nice - 2nd

    2012 - U.S. Championships - 8th: Tosca FS (7:21, Chinese commentary)
    2012 - Southwestern Regional - 1st; Midwestern Sectional - 1st

    Also:
    2011 U.S. junior champion; 2010 U.S. junior bronze medalist; 2006 U.S. intermediate bronze medalist; 2005 U.S. juvenile champion

    More videos:

    - Nebelhorn Trophy 2011 SP (3:51)
    - Nebelhorn Trophy 2011 FS

    - 2011 Glacier Falls Classic SP (2:56)
    - 2011 Glacier Falls Classic FS (4:45)

    - 2011 Junior Worlds SP (6:13)

    - 2010 JGPF SP [5th place] (5:29)
    - 2010 JGPF FS (7:30)

    - 2010 Courchevel JGP free program (5:22)
    https://youtu.be/_wlCpRzd99g
    Bronze medal with 178.00 - Courchevel / France (August 2010)

    Shows:

    Ice Dreams show Jun 2013 Oakland
    - Ice Dreams Tour opening @Oakland (1:33)
    - Ice Dreams Oakland 2013 Finale (5:55)

    Ice Dreams (May 2013) in Jamestown N.Y.
    - Ice Dreams (2013) in Jamestown N.Y. rehearsal montage (9:21)
    - Max Aaron (2013) Skates at Jamestown N.Y. (interview and performance)

    Holiday Dreams on Ice, 2012 Dec
    - Johnny Weir Holiday Dreams on Ice Rehearsals (for the group) Part 1 (7:16)
    - Johnny Weir Holiday Dreams on Ice Rehearsals (for the group) Part 2 (0:53)
    - IN photo gallery
    http://web.icenetwork.com/photos/40745966 (Max is in several photos, incl. #13, which is a great bro photo with Jason)

    More shows ... videos TK:
    Skate for Hope 2013
    Skate for Hope 2014
    Disson Skating and Gymnastics 2013?
    Disson Legends 2013
    Centennial, Colorado 2015

    Fluff:

    Mini-Max showing early cycling skills (#tbt from Vine, from dardar's post on FSU):

    Montage of young Max hockey highlights (I know nothing about hockey, but I LOVE this vid )

    Athlete Profile - Max Aaron: Professional Figure Skater (Mar 2012)

    GoldenSkate:

    GS thread re Apr 2015 IN article
    The IN article: "Aaron striving to become more balletic on the ice; Former U.S. champion enlists Mills to help boost components scores"

    GS thread re Feb 2015 video of Max's quad Axel attempt in harness
    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152719278178450 (0:17 video of the attempt, plus a slo-mo version)

    Max Aaron wins U.S. junior men’s title By Elvin Walker; Photo © Jay Adeff

    Aaron overcomes injury to take lead By Elvin Walker; Photo © Jay Adeff
    Max Aaron (Broadmoor Skating Club) leads the Junior Men after the Short Program at the 2010 AT&T U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2010/01/a...-to-take-lead/ (January 15, 2010)

    IceNetwork articles/audio/video:

    Audio of Max's media teleconference (Feb 26, 2013) prior to 2013 Worlds:

    2013 U.S. Championships video archive [just saving the general link here for now; I will come back and add the individual links for Max stuff]

    High-flying Aaron wins junior men's short and free [at Liberty]

    ~~~~~~~

    Max's reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), Jul 16, 2013

    Photos:

    Fun photo of Golden West 2009 junior men's podium: Max (4th place); Misha Ge (1st); Christopher Caluza (2nd); Sean Rabbitt (3rd)

    A great variety of Max photos is included within the album from the Ice Dreams show in Oakland in June 2013:
    Pics from the show (incl. dancing on ice with Cesario); outdoor photos with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop; bro hugs with Jason and with Weir, etc., etc.

    Sub-topic just for fun: Max apparently likes to lift (and to be lifted):

    - In Skate for Hope promo (2013), Max lifts Ashley W at approx. 2:53:
    - Max is lifted by Piper Gilles in a balance lift during Skate for Hope rehearsal (2013):
    https://vine.co/v/hBZaWOtY2M7 Vine video link is from dardar's post at FSU
    I will look up the link to the IN gallery that has a great still photo of this same Piper/Max lift.

    Photos from Ice Dreams Oakland 2013:


    Golden Skate Articles and threads about Max

    GS articles on 2009-2010 US Nationals Junior Men's where Max finished third.
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2010/01/a...-to-take-lead/
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2010/01/b...e-aaron-third/

    GS article on Max during the 2011-2012 season
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...hit-his-stride

    GS article on Max's win in Junior Men's event at 2011
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2011/01/m...ns-junior-mens

    Max wins 2013 Senior Men's at US Nationals
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2013/01/a...-us-nationals/

    Max's Hockey Background
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...figure-skating

    Max drops to 2 quads
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...e-to-two-quads

    Aaron returns to his roots
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...g-to-his-roots

    Max's Quad Axel Attempt
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...d-Axel-attempt
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 06-21-2015 at 01:59 PM.

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    I first became interested in Max after seeing him skate at Nat'ls '12. It was his speed as much as anything that blew me away. Then I followed him throughout his summer '12 competitions & watched as his quad became more & more consistent. I knew he would medal this year but the gold was a surprise. After listening to this interview & learning he feels his natural skating talent is in speed skating I knew that was why this old woman felt the connection to him. Sixty years ago it was the sport I competed in! He's exciting, interesting, personable, talented, a breath of fresh air for US figure skating.

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    It has been a long road and was a thrill to see him break through at Nationals.

    Was a little surprised to see him participate in The Skating Lesson interviews given the history of Jenny Kirk's partner - David Lease (apologies if not spelled correctly) who is known for his often scathing and negative commentary of skaters and gymnasts (especially those that he does not like, and there are many) on his blog, Aunt Joyce's Ice Cream Stand.

    I guess good for him for standing for the opportunity but would not have been my advice.

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    @AshWagner2010
    Max and I have decided to pick up pairs! #sochi2014 @skateforhope http://instagram.com/p/auqqLwir8T/
    10:42 PM - 18 Jun 13
    https://twitter.com/AshWagner2010/st...27898823995393

    Wheee ... Aaron looks like a great partner.



    ETA (Apr 2015), as a work in progress (not complete), collecting links here to contribute to Doris and Mrs. P's 2015 Summer Fan Fest Fete:

    IceNetwork bio: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/profile/max_aaron

    ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00010531.htm

    Twitter: @MaxTAaron

    Instagram: @maxtaaron

    Official fan page on Facebook for Max (viewable without a Facebook account):

    Max's personal Facebook page (not viewable without a Facebook account):

    Max's website has lapsed. Used to be http://www.max-aaron.com/ .
    Its webmaster is/was the same person responsible for Max's fan page on Facebook. On Mar 18, she wrote on Facebook:
    I am aware Max's website is down. Please bear with me until Friday. It should be back then!! Thanks for your patience .
    No update since then.

    Senior competitive history:

    2015 - World Team Trophy - 1st (team): video of Nessun Dorma SP debut (4:19); sabinfire's post w/ link to unlisted HD video of SP (6:25); video of Black Swan FS debut (8:08) [choreo for both by Phillip Mills]; Too Close exhibition (3:18)
    2015 - U.S. Championships - 4th: NBC video of Gladiator FS (4:58) [choreo by Camerlengo]
    2014 - Skate Canada - 3rd; Rostelecom Cup - 7th
    2014 - U.S. International Classic - 1st: Footloose (Kenny Loggins) SP (6:26) [choreo by Mark Pillay]

    2014 - World Championships - 8th
    2014 - U.S. Championships - 3rd
    2013 - Skate America - 3rd; NHK Trophy - 7th
    2013 - U.S. International Figure Skating Classic - 1st

    2013 - World Team Trophy - 1st (team): exhibition (4:47)
    2013 - Four Continents Championships - 4th; World Championships - 7th
    2013 - U.S. Championships - 1st: Tron: Legacy SP (7:20); West Side Story FS (9:09); FS practice 01-24-2013 (4:38)
    2013 - Midwestern Sectional - 1st: West Side Story FS (5:46)
    2012 - U.S. International Classic - 1st; Coupe de Nice - 2nd

    2012 - U.S. Championships - 8th: Tosca FS (7:21, Chinese commentary)
    2012 - Southwestern Regional - 1st; Midwestern Sectional - 1st

    Also:
    2011 U.S. junior champion; 2010 U.S. junior bronze medalist; 2006 U.S. intermediate bronze medalist; 2005 U.S. juvenile champion

    More videos:

    - Nebelhorn Trophy 2011 SP (3:51)
    - Nebelhorn Trophy 2011 FS

    - 2011 Glacier Falls Classic SP (2:56)
    - 2011 Glacier Falls Classic FS (4:45)

    - 2011 Junior Worlds SP (6:13)

    - 2010 JGPF SP [5th place] (5:29)
    - 2010 JGPF FS (7:30)

    - 2010 Courchevel JGP free program (5:22)
    https://youtu.be/_wlCpRzd99g
    Bronze medal with 178.00 - Courchevel / France (August 2010)

    Shows:

    Ice Dreams show Jun 2013 Oakland
    - Ice Dreams Tour opening @Oakland (1:33)
    - Ice Dreams Oakland 2013 Finale (5:55)

    Ice Dreams (May 2013) in Jamestown N.Y.
    - Ice Dreams (2013) in Jamestown N.Y. rehearsal montage (9:21)
    - Max Aaron (2013) Skates at Jamestown N.Y. (interview and performance)

    Holiday Dreams on Ice, 2012 Dec
    - Johnny Weir Holiday Dreams on Ice Rehearsals (for the group) Part 1 (7:16)
    - Johnny Weir Holiday Dreams on Ice Rehearsals (for the group) Part 2 (0:53)
    - IN photo gallery
    http://web.icenetwork.com/photos/40745966 (Max is in several photos, incl. #13, which is a great bro photo with Jason)

    More shows ... videos TK:
    Skate for Hope 2013
    Skate for Hope 2014
    Disson Skating and Gymnastics 2013?
    Disson Legends 2013
    Centennial, Colorado 2015

    Fluff:

    Mini-Max showing early cycling skills (#tbt from Vine, from dardar's post on FSU):

    Montage of young Max hockey highlights (I know nothing about hockey, but I LOVE this vid )

    Athlete Profile - Max Aaron: Professional Figure Skater (Mar 2012)

    GoldenSkate:

    GS thread re Apr 2015 IN article
    The IN article: "Aaron striving to become more balletic on the ice; Former U.S. champion enlists Mills to help boost components scores"

    GS thread re Feb 2015 video of Max's quad Axel attempt in harness
    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152719278178450 (0:17 video of the attempt, plus a slo-mo version)

    Max Aaron wins U.S. junior men’s title By Elvin Walker; Photo © Jay Adeff

    Aaron overcomes injury to take lead By Elvin Walker; Photo © Jay Adeff
    Max Aaron (Broadmoor Skating Club) leads the Junior Men after the Short Program at the 2010 AT&T U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2010/01/a...-to-take-lead/ (January 15, 2010)

    IceNetwork articles/audio/video:

    Audio of Max's media teleconference (Feb 26, 2013) prior to 2013 Worlds:

    2013 U.S. Championships video archive [just saving the general link here for now; I will come back and add the individual links for Max stuff]

    High-flying Aaron wins junior men's short and free [at Liberty]

    ~~~~~~~

    Max's reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), Jul 16, 2013

    Photos:

    Fun photo of Golden West 2009 junior men's podium: Max (4th place); Misha Ge (1st); Christopher Caluza (2nd); Sean Rabbitt (3rd)

    A great variety of Max photos is included within the album from the Ice Dreams show in Oakland in June 2013:
    Pics from the show (incl. dancing on ice with Cesario); outdoor photos with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop; bro hugs with Jason and with Weir, etc., etc.

    Sub-topic just for fun: Max apparently likes to lift (and to be lifted):

    - In Skate for Hope promo (2013), Max lifts Ashley W at approx. 2:53:
    - Max is lifted by Piper Gilles in a balance lift during Skate for Hope rehearsal (2013):
    https://vine.co/v/hBZaWOtY2M7 Vine video link is from dardar's post at FSU
    I will look up the link to the IN gallery that has a great still photo of this same Piper/Max lift.

    Photos from Ice Dreams Oakland 2013:

    -------------------------

    Doris and Mrs. P:
    I plan to come back and gradually add more to this post to assist with your 2015 Summer Fan Fest Fete.
    But I am going to take "Summer" literally -- as in Summer does not even begin until June and lasts until September .
    If I am too slow for you, obviously please go ahead with this thread without me.
    Last edited by golden411; 06-10-2015 at 01:14 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGoldberg View Post
    Was a little surprised to see him participate in The Skating Lesson interviews given the history of Jenny Kirk's partner - David Lease (apologies if not spelled correctly) who is known for his often scathing and negative commentary of skaters and gymnasts (especially those that he does not like, and there are many) on his blog, Aunt Joyce's Ice Cream Stand.
    He's hardly the first current skater to do it - Jeremy Abbott and Jason Brown have also done interviews on TSL. I haven't seen Jeremy's, but Jason's was in much the same vein as Max's: honest and funny. Including several attempts to convince us that he was a terrible kid (like anyone will believe him!) and a few rambling tangents, and a little discussion about Joshua Farris as a rival/notrival/friend/opponent/competition.

    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    @AshWagner2010
    Max and I have decided to pick up pairs! #sochi2014 @skateforhope http://instagram.com/p/auqqLwir8T/
    10:42 PM - 18 Jun 13
    https://twitter.com/AshWagner2010/st...27898823995393

    Wheee ... Aaron looks like a great partner.
    He's...so...strong...and...handsome...

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    @MaxTAaron
    I'll be doing an AMA on Reddit on Tuesday beginning at 11 a.m. ET! Looking forward to answering your questions!
    8:46 AM - 10 Jul 13 (GMT-07:00)
    https://twitter.com/MaxTAaron/status/354990005862666241

    I had been wondering whether any skaters had ever done an AMA. The tweet in reply from USFS seems to indicate that Aaron will be the first American skater to do one.
    He is a great choice.

    For anyone who is not familiar with Reddit, here is the link to the AMA ("Ask Me Anything") page:

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    @MaxTAaron
    I'll be doing an AMA on Reddit on Tuesday beginning at 11 a.m. ET! Looking forward to answering your questions!
    8:46 AM - 10 Jul 13 (GMT-07:00)
    https://twitter.com/MaxTAaron/status/354990005862666241

    I had been wondering whether any skaters had ever done an AMA. The tweet in reply from USFS seems to indicate that Aaron will be the first American skater to do one.
    He is a great choice.

    For anyone who is not familiar with Reddit, here is the link to the AMA ("Ask Me Anything") page:
    How cool. Glad that Max is embracing different forms of communication.

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    It'll be 1am my time, but I'll try and be there!

    Do you have to have reddit to participate?

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    I am not an expert on Reddit, but I am 99% sure that if you want to post a question, you will need to sign up for a Reddit account. [And with an account, you can vote for questions that you would like to see answered.]

    If you do not have a Reddit account, you still will be able to read the questions (posted by others) and as many answers as Aaron provides. (Usually too many questions are posted for every single one to receive an answer.)

    The Q and A content will remain on Reddit for posterity after the live event ends (i.e., after Aaron has signed off) -- so you will be able to read his answers after the fact.

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    I just made a reddit account, it's pretty easy, don't even need an email. After all, I want to be able to ask questions too!

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    Max Aaron reddit AMA link now is live:


    ETA, his "proof of identity" photo for reddit :

    ETA (more):

    Aaron responded to questions of all kinds from 11:00 am to 12:48 pm (ET), bless his soul.
    His (approx.) 75 answers were terrific -- some serious and some witty. All showed a very positive attitude toward life as whole, as well as toward skating in particular.

    Two of the best ones, IMHO:

    Q. How do you deal with nerves and what is the hardest aspect of overcoming these nerves? Love you so much!
    A. Love you back! I try and prepare myself so that there are no nerves. I enjoy figure skating so much, so why be nervous to do something you love. Life is too short to let nerves get in the way.

    Q. Are you in fact a closeted gay homosexual? I mean, how straight can you be wearing tights and doing ballet and stuff?
    A. Real men wear tights.
    [Excellent answer to a ridiculous question. Go, Max!]

    BTW, he said that he will be competing somewhere before Skate America, but he politely declined to name the event.

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    Well I already know it's not Skate DownUnder, Champs Camp has exactly the same dates. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    @AshWagner2010
    Max and I have decided to pick up pairs! #sochi2014 @skateforhope http://instagram.com/p/auqqLwir8T/
    10:42 PM - 18 Jun 13
    https://twitter.com/AshWagner2010/st...27898823995393

    Wheee ... Aaron looks like a great partner.
    Gotta love Aaron's versatility. Singles + Pairs + Ice Dance -- the guy can do it all :

    He performs a cool dance-type lift with Piper Gilles in another Skate for Hope photo :

    A better photo of Wagner/Aaron's pair lift:

    ETA:

    Michael Buckley ‏@buckhollywood
    Skating friends @MadiHubbell @ZachTDonohue @MaxTAaron @CoachTomZ and more. pic.twitter.com/1PiQJZvvTh
    5:48 PM - 29 Jul 13
    https://twitter.com/buckhollywood/st...11697839484930

    Camerlengo also is in the photo of this sociable gang relaxing over an outdoor meal and beverages. (They are in Minnesota for Audrey Weisiger's G2C Super Camp. She also is in the photo.)
    Last edited by golden411; 05-18-2015 at 06:31 PM.

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    Jason Brown ‏@jasonbskates
    @USFigureSkating: . @MaxTAaron on the newest cover of SKATING magazine. http://skatingmagazineblog.com/2013/...ember-cover-2/ …” August cover of Skating Magazine! GO MAX!!!
    2:40 PM - 30 Jul 13
    https://twitter.com/jasonbskates/sta...26982454808577

    Nice that Aaron is the cover guy, and nice that Brown added his own shout-out to the one from USFS.

    ETA, the caption from the cover: Leap of Faith / Aaron enters Olympic season with high expectations.

    Three bonus photos from Aaron's cover shoot:

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    That picture of Max on the cover is especially fabulous!

    I also love watching the skaters interact on social media. And then I just thought about all the skaters on the National Sessions at the World Arena - Joshua, Jason and Max just to start...that's a mind-boggling amount of talent on one sheet of ice.

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