I woke up at 3am(!) to watch US Mens Free live thru J-Sports this morning. at 7am I got back to my bed until noon, did some household and here I am!
Fisrtly, many many thanks and claps to all skaters from me for such an exciting competition!
to Aaron's huuuge jumps!
to Miner for not cracking under pressure. Clearly could have been the new champion if not popping the second 3A.
Alexander Johnson!!! Who is he? How emotional he and his coach got after the performance was so priceless! Hope he will be picked up at SA next season.
Keegan, Armin, Jeremy...I often feel for skaters with a depth of talents in their own countries; such as US, Russia and Japan. But if they can't bring their A-game and deliver it when counts, they can't do that at the Worlds/Olympics either.
Last edited by bekalc; 01-28-2013 at 07:20 AM.
Well that was quite a Men's competition, lots of surprises for sure.
Congrats to Max! He out-jumped everyone to the National title, but his actual skating lets just say maybe it will grow on me.
I am happy for Ross he gave quite a performance to win the Silver!
Tough break for Jeremy not making the World Team but that is Sport if you don't keep up you will be left behind in the dust.
I was very impressed with Joshua F. I thought he was just super!
I also enjoyed Alexander Johnson and Jason Brown's performances.
Thanks for highlighting Alex Johnson. Loved his performance, his carriage and expressiveness.
I'm really high on Jason Brown. I think he has alot of charisma, alot of talent, and watch out for him next year. He connects with the audience better than most and he seems to really, really enjoy being out there on the ice. Congratulations to a somewhat "changing of the guard" but I honestly don't think we have a chance in hell of placing a US man in the top 10 at Worlds this year. Max did out-jump everyone but the rest of his skating is really lacking. Even if he skates clean he's going to lose big points on presentation against the Japanese, Fernandes and maybe even Brian Joubert. Watching Ross Miner skate to me is like watching paint dry. There's just no "it" factor there although he definitely has talent. Jeremy. I said a few days ago that he needs to skate on the ice instead of in his head. SO much talent and ability and his biggest problem is between his ears. I don't know if a therapist and a different coach would really help him at this age. His program was beautiful, should have wiped everyone else off the board but doubling 2 triples (or was it 3?) that are normally quite easy for him - there's just no excuse. Not at this stage of his career. And does he even enjoy skating anymore or is it just "his job?" I really do wish Max and Ross luck at Worlds - just have some serious doubts to the outcome.
If you don't mind my asking, what does it mean to 'pull a Gachinski'?
Is Max Aaron landing two 4S a first at the US Nationals, or was Goebel (or someone else) able to achieve it?
Ross Miner's program isn't as charming and character driven as last years, but I really feel like he made a conscious effort to add more transitions and content and deserves credit for that. He does a lot of it on one foot which I find refreshing. It certainly looks good next to Max Aaron's skating in the corner and doing cross overs from element to element.
Last edited by lavender; 01-28-2013 at 01:51 PM.