Instagram still photo from usfigureskating this morning at Skate America practice:
Max Aaron mid-quad Sal during practice. #SA2013
http://instagram.com/p/fnPp7qm30w/ (Oct 18)
Another mid-jump photo:
https://twitter.com/michlmint/status/391224687880974336 (8:30 AM - 18 Oct 13)
The height of the jump(s) looks great.
And @michlmint has been tweeting many more pics (of all men) from Friday practice. Two additional examples of Max:
- https://twitter.com/michlmint/status/391224336784162816 (no element in this one)
- https://twitter.com/michlmint/status/391224541650747392 (Max mid-spin)
Still photo of Max being interviewed by @taralipinski, whose caption is:
Game day! Good Luck @maxtaaron
http://instagram.com/p/fnkM8ssomX/ (posted Oct 18)
Lipinski's behind-the-scenes video for the local NBC station, including a very brief shot of Max in the warm-up area:
http://www.clickondetroit.com/sports...u/-/index.html (footage from Oct 17)
This is a great thread...thanks for all the awesome information, pix and links!
Starting off a great day the right way. Bfast with @MaiaShibutani & @MaxTAaron
7:04 AM - 19 Oct 13
The right way indeed. Wishing a really great day to three of USA's most congenial skaters.
I recall a past reference from Hubbell that Max is one of H/D's "besties," and I hope that Skate America is a good opportunity for Max to enjoy face time with old friends, as well as to compete.
Keeping the faith -- along with you, I'm sure -- that Max is absolutely capable of coming back strong tonight with a clean free skate. It ain't over 'til it's over.
Max has proven time and time again that he can take the hits and misses, and come back stronger than ever! Each obstacle is just a learning experience...face it, learn from it, and live to fight another day.
He's not used to coming into a competition as a front-runner or favorite; there's a lot more pressure now. But he's young, and he'll grow stronger with each new day.
The only thing that comes to my mind is Max's interview with TSL, but it took place several months ago, so it seems very possible/likely that the commentary was referring to something else more recent.
(During the TSL interview, Max happily discussed his choice of Carmen for his FS. Although he was well aware of naysayers who -- via e-mail, social media, etc. -- expressed their criticism that Carmen was a big mistake for him, Max cheerfully explained why he feels good about his program -- including the specific music cuts from Carmen, Lori Nichol's choreo, etc.)
In any case, thx to SaraM for a good excuse to watch Max's FS again.
.@MaxTAaron will be featured on premiere episode of @universalsports Countdown to Sochi. Preview of tonight's show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy_gHzPxtqU …
7:12 AM - 30 Oct 13
Note: the preview video at the YouTube link does not focus on Aaron. It's a montage of a lot of winter athletes.
Air time is 8 pm ET.
As mentioned elsewhere, a version of the studio interview video (with Jenny Cavnar) already lives on the Universal Sports site.
I hope that Nick Gismondi's field piece with Max in training mode also will air and get posted online. (The one shown in the arena at Skate America, per the webmaster for Max's public Facebook page.)
I went to the Broadmoor skating rink on Friday and watched Max practice- it was great! After he was done, I actually got enough courage to speak to him and had my picture taken with him. He was so nice and friendly, even though I was a nervous wreck and he probably thought I was a weird fan lady. He was genuinely pleased when I told him that I liked his interview on Universal Sports. Not only is he a fantastic skater but a very nice person, also. His parents certainly raised him right!
I've been a skating fan for decades, attended 4 World Championships, 2 Nationals, a Grand Prix final and numerous smaller events and Max is certainly one of the nicest skaters that I've talked to. Go for Gold in Sochi!
Enjoyed reading your confirmation that Max is as nice in person as he seems from afar. Many thanks for sharing your observations.
I have admired Max as much for his sweetness as a human being as for his toughness as a competitor, and I often have the same thought that his parents clearly brought him up right.
One of my favorite anecdotes was a comment (maybe on reddit?) from the appreciative mother or friend of a skater at a rink where a still-little-known Max was competing in a smaller event. The young girl was outside crying about something (the comment did not specify what), and Max took it upon himself to go over to see whether he could offer any comfort. Gotta love a guy who demonstrates that kind of exceptional concern for others.
Welcome to posting at. Golden Skate, Marisha!
Welcome to Golden Skate, Marisha92!