Great showing today by Alexander Johnson and Jason Brown. I really enjoyed their skates.
Maybe Jeremy was in shock and didn't think to congratulate Max, he was in his own depressed bubble.
The torch has been passed. Max was on fire!
Stick a fork in Abbott. He is done. He can join Weir and Lysacek on the scrap heap, they are done too. It is all about the newcomers from now old. No point holding on to ancient old relics whose time is either long up even if they dont get the clue (Lysacek) or who for years has failed to produce when it matters (Abbott). Next years Olympic team will be a fight between all the younger generation of men, both the middle aged (Miner, Dornbush) and the really young (Brown, Farris, et al).
My bottom line is I really love Ross, Jeremy, Adam, Richard, Jason, Josh and truly all of these guys, all of these skaters. Whoever thinks figure skating is a sissy sport -- they know absolutely nothing about what it takes, OMG!
But the real bottom line pretty much is that the stakes are quite high these days, the landscape is completely different, and the ground is shifting beneath our feet. Moreover, even though ice is slippery and backing a young gun with no top senior international experience might be a recipe for disaster, the fact is the U.S. is bringing up the rear in the development of quads, so when you have strong guys who've dedicated themselves to mastering quads while still trying to develop all aspects of their skating, if you don't reward them now, WHEN? I absolutely love Jeremy, but he was overshadowed in the fp at these championships, even with his beautiful skating.
I never thought I would be saying this, but the kind of heart on fire, determination and desire that Max Aaron showed cries out to be rewarded. Yes, and stuff the over-hype Sandra, and Scott, because Max doesn't need any of that. Like I said in an earlier post, from what I've seen at this Nationals, Max Aaron is the real personification of Honey Badger, and he will need to demonstrate that now on the Worlds stage. Max has never been a favorite skater of mine, and I wasn't overly impressed with his skating last year despite being charmed by his eyebrows and his personality. I've got to say though, as I saw Max sitting in the athletes' lounge holding a towel anxiously to his face as the final men completed their programs, I wanted to give Max a huge hug, just like Ross Miner did.
Such a beautiful, beautiful skater is Jeremy with a seemingly sensitive spirit. Conversely he can be very goofy one minute and soulfully serious the next. I guess in some ways, similar to Matt Savoie, Jeremy is a skater out of his time. He's a well-rounded skater who can do all the jumps with sublime artistry but the extra pressure of the high intensity quads, along with his own over-thinking or self-doubt in important moments has combined to snatch defeat from victory on too many occasions. In the old days, with his well-rounded talent, Jeremy might have prevailed even on the international stage. That was when fs scoring was more about the whole package rather than the sum of its parts, and when top skaters' reputations anointed and cushioned them, and equally talented but reputation-less skaters were required to wait their turn It was when it was expected that there were only so many years to make one's mark which allowed younger skaters the opportunity to move up once veterans automatically moved on to the Ice Capades (if they had won enough medals and attention to land a decent contract).
Max obviously seemed near tears during the press conference, but all of the guys handled themselves really well, especially Jeremy during what is surely an excruciatingly difficult time. But Jeremy knows the mistakes were his alone. Max keeps referencing the fact that he's trained with Patrick Chan who has been generous in helping explain to him what competition is about on the big stage. Now, however, Max needs to remember that Patrick will be one of his biggest competitors on that stage in March.
If Ross hadn't popped his second triple axel, he might have won. Still Ross is consistency personified, and he has a similar desire, fire, and willingness to strategically go all out in mastering the quad because there are no longer any if ands or buts about needing to master them. Ross and Max are talented enough and focused enough to go to Worlds and skate their best, and the rest is out of their control. ISU judges are fickle and skating is political. The thing is to lay it all out there and let the chips fall where they may. That's how Ross won a bronze medal two years straight at NHK Trophy (and this past year in a loaded international field).
It's about time to show the rest of the World that the U.S. guys have got the consistency, the jumps and the gumption to compete for the podium, especially since these days when it comes to figure skating, refined artistry simply isn't enough. And I don't want to hear anyone tell me that Brian Joubert, or Michal Brezina, or Florent Amodio, nor even Javier Fernandez are better presentation-wise than Max Aaron, because they aren't. Sure they have more Worlds experience and more name recognition, but that's where PR needs to come into the picture. Promote and politik for your team USFS, in a smart and productive way. Don't take anything for granted in terms of thinking ISU judges are going to automatically respect your skaters, just because you've stamped their tickets to Worlds.
Last edited by Art&Sport; 01-27-2013 at 07:12 PM.
I am sad Ross Miner didnt win. I would have much rather him won. So I am not happy about the result. I also think Max's PCS were way too high.
Ross would have won with the 2nd 3axel....and I really wanted him to win. Regardless, he is going to worlds (I think? when will we know???)