On the subject of Champs Camp (but nothing to do with the ShibSibs video):
@AshWagner2010 tweeted a goofy/sweet mini-version of the class photo that I think was previously unseen:
Amidst the chaos we always have each other Love you @agneszawadzki http://instagram.com/p/d0YYBPirwE/AZ wrote back a cute reply:
5:31 PM - 3 Sep 13
(ICYMT, other versions of the Champs Camp class photo that were previously available:
- The entire group playing around:
http://www.icenetwork.com/photos/58909434?image_id=5 [photo #5 in Jason Brown's blog gallery]- The official pose:
I had an incredible time at Champs Camp last week. Since it was my first time, I had no expectations; I was just dying to be a part of it!
Camp began with the Team USA group photo, which for years I've seen in SKATING Magazine, dreaming of the day I would get the honor to be in that photo. Then came Scott Hamilton's keynote speech. ....
The following day, all the skaters performed their short programs. One thing unique to Champs Camp is that no one, other than the officials and select staff, is allowed to watch the practices or performances, not even the other skaters. So, when I went out to do my short program, I had no idea what the setting of the simulated competition was going to look like. It turned out that it was extremely chill: Officials scattered in the stands watching, talking amongst themselves and taking notes on their thoughts of the program.
The following day were the free skates, and the last two days were on-ice evaluations and talking about Sochi.
Throughout the week, we all had individual schedules where we met one on one with a nutritionist and a sports psychologist, had media training, met with packaging specialists (discussing costumes, "hair," etc.), did photo/video promo shoots and met with judges and U.S. officials to go over our new programs.
On Friday night, we had a team-building exercise ....
The camp was such a special experience, and I can't begin to express how fortunate I feel to have been a part of it this year.
http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2013/...-hectic-summer (Aug 29)
Skate Canada's High Performance Camp will take place later this week. Although no chance of a ShibsSibs video , I hope some photos and skater reactions will be forthcoming.
Ouch ... soooo sad to hear about another injury for Alex Shibutani.
Hope that the withdrawal of the Shibutanis from Salt Lake City will allow him to recover fully before Skate America. Better safe than sorry. (Same goes for Lysacek.)
Will wait patiently to see the debut of the Michael Jackson FD from the Shibs. Really want them to have a strong season to get them to you-know-where.
Look forward to the SLC event anyway as the first opportunity to see Max Aaron's programs.
Gotta say that one of Max's strengths is that he is comfortable in his own skin -- and no doubt also with his self-chosen hairstyle at any particular time. When discussing his skating, he has said that he likes to consider different options/approaches as he figures out what will work best for himself. He is open to trying new things and is quick to learn from his own experiences and those of others. By extrapolation, I cannot imagine that his curls were grown under duress. And whether he keeps his curls [natural or otherwise; and swept up, down, sideways, you name it] or not, the handsome Mr. Aaron will continue to have the opposite sex sighing with appreciation for his warm eyes and bright smile. (To me, his curls add visual interest as a hint of his bouncy personality. His shorter curls are especially becoming, IMHO. YMMV.)
Note to Skater Boy: You are unfair to accuse Max of lacking personality (as you did in the Lysacek thread), and then to turn around and criticize him for showing some individuality.
And to 80sskatergirl: LOL, my InBox must have rejected the memo "ordaining" that curls and masculinity are incompatible. Thank goodness that my spam filter has zero tolerance for such craziness.
Skate Canada's website has a new article with some details about what is/was accomplished at its High Performance Camp. Interesting [IMHO], although only tangentially [at best ] on topic for this thread, and yet not worth starting a new one. Quotes from Paul/Islam and Mike Slipchuk, among others.
September preparation is key to a successful season
By: Beverley Smith
The three-day camp, (the U.S. camp is seven days long) packed full of activities, is taken very seriously. “If skaters aren’t prepared for whatever reason, they are not part of it,” Slipchuk said. “There’s an expectation of preparation and readiness. ...”
.... Skate Canada flies in its top ISU officials and technical people, not only from Canada, but from countries around the world. At this event in Mississauga ... Skate Canada brought in Britain’s Simon Briggs, who served as a technical specialist for the pairs event at the Vancouver Olympics. ....
Skaters do short programs one day, long programs the next, in front of judges and technical specialists or controllers or whatever discipline guru can up the ante. These experts sit and scratch (with pens) and chat and discuss and tap their knees to test timing. The skaters are videotaped. Then comes the tough part as officials go rinkside and niggle over every little detail, technical and choreographic, too. “They watch for levels and they go over every little bitty detail,” said dancer Alexandra Paul .... “They look at different aspects of your program, like flow and then specific things like timing. It really matters.” ....
“That’s what this is about,” Islam said. “It’s about perfection. You’ve had some time with your programs and it’s time to take that next step and make them perfect and get them ready for internationals.”