There is no reason if Aaron can get that second mark up he can't challenge someone like Kevin Reynolds also. Max has quads just like Kevin but he skates with much greater speed and bigger jumps. He just needs to learn how to really perform and be more artistic. Let's face it Kevin's jumps are not huge and his skating skills and speed are lacking compared to the top men.
And isn't Max planning two quads in the SP, and 2-3 in the FS? Let's face it -- if he's clean (and why wouldn't he be? The guy's stamina is just incredible), his TES will be one of the highest in the world.
The 2012-13 season was Aaron´s first in senior skating. And he did not stand on the podium at 2013 Four Continents and Worlds. What he lacks for the next season is reputation. In that sense skaters like Joubert, Amodio and perhaps Brezina are ahead of him.
One can argue that his reputation is steadily increasing going into the Olympic season, while that of the three other skaters have been declining over the past few years.
Originally Posted by Jaana
I don't think Joubert skated well in 2013 worlds. A jump was invalidated, he did a 4t<+1t, I think he tripled a planned quad salchow. Tech was 65. It was all messed up! He didn't fall but didn't do well. It was like a 6.0 did well.
I have watched men´s Olympic skating starting in 1976 and with a quick glance it seems to me, that:
- all gold medalists have been on the Worlds podium earlier
- all silver medalists have been on the Worlds podium earlier (except Wylie who had competed in several Worlds and gotten the needed reputation from them)
From the 10 bronze medalists:
Cranston on the WC podium before OG
Tickner on the WC podium before OG
Candeloro (OG bronze and on the WC podium before this second bronze medal)
Buttle on the WC podium before OG
Takahashi on the WC podium before OG
five of them - Sabovcik, Petrenko, Barna, Goebel and Candeloro (before his first bronze) - had competed in several Worlds events. All (except Goebel of course) have competed at several Europeans and stood on the podium there.
Well, figure skating is pretty much about reputation and in that sense Aaron´s chances of any medal do not seem very likely, in my opinion. Unless of course if he wins both 2014 Four Continents and 2013-2014 season´s GPF.
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