As for Max, there's nothing wrong with aspiring to a certain goal. FWIW, his TES (90.47) in the FS (which was not perfect) this season is only behind Hanyu and Machida. He even beats Fernandez (88.19, at Euros) TES best from this season.
Max is actually quite fast and has decent ice coverage. His PCS will be lower than the top contenders, but I don't think it's absolutely impossible for him to get on the podium. Yuzuru is the only one who is really a lock for the podium, IMO. Machida and Fernandez are strong contenders. I'd put Max in dark horse territory with Kovtun and Han.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 03-24-2014 at 07:00 PM.
I have no problem with Max aspiring to get on the world podium. I just think the men's field is such that it's tough to see him actually getting to the podium unless we have quite a few meltdowns from top skaters.
I've seen Max live a few times now. I know he's very fast. But components-wise, he's lacking compared to many of the other men.
A top 10 is very doable since he placed 7th before, and a top 6 placement is perfectly attainable for Max. But the podium? I'm skeptical. It could happen, never say never, but I do think I have justification for being skeptical.
If Max turns in a SP with 50+ TES and a FS with 90+ TES, he will be within striking distance. That of course means two perfect programs and no room for error.
Let's consider the fact that after the Sochi SP we had 11 guys all within striking distance for bronze with at least cleanish programs. I think a similar thing could happen at Worlds.
So I'm probably in the "possible' category, i.e not as skeptical as you, jaylee, but probably not in the "slam dunk" category.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 03-24-2014 at 08:08 PM.
That's the spirit!
I love Max's hunger and fight. Of course he is capable of turning a skate that could land him on the podium.
As for Jeremy... no just no!
I still think he could have not said that getting that 3rd spot is not his focus. He could have instead said that doing his best is his focus, and leave it at that. Purely beause it looks so bad, especially after his comments after the Sochi team event.
Photo from coach Tom Zakrajsek shows another nice touch at the rink:
Red carpet treatment for all of the skaters by the Japanese Skating Federation. This is the entrance to the ice. Four new world champions will be crowned in Saitama.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=549463918485667 (Mar 24)
Ashley choosing to arrive a little later than some (as per twitter):
Ashley Wagner @AshWagner2010 · 9h
Batman marathon on the flight over to #Worlds2014 ...I think YES! #nerd #sorrynotsorry
I like to get places early, personally, but I'm sure she knows what works best for her
OK, I understand the frustration with Jeremy, but not why some posters are so angry with him. It's like he is working as a scapegoat for US men's failures this last quad.
Max Aaron finished 7th despite having no major international experience last year and competing against a much tougher field. Jeremy's 5th place in 2010 came with a much weaker field. His main competition back in 2010 was Daisuke Takahashi and Patrick Chan. He could have beat Brian Joubert (3rd) and Michel Brezina (4th); even Adam Rippon (6th) beat Jeremy in the FS.
I did a quick rundown of U.S. Champions the last 20 years and Jeremy's worst finishes are only better than one skater, Ryan Bradley, who finished in 13th in 2011. Even if you account for the fact that some of the U.S. men in the late 1990s and early 2000s had less tougher fields, Jeremy still underperformed.
I don't think it's an attack on Jeremy to point out the facts.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 03-25-2014 at 12:32 PM.
I can't compete with you on statistics so all right Jeremy is the worst for being a US champion. Nerves then, but what I got, US nationals is supposed to be the most nerve wrecking competition for American athletes.
I like many US men for different reasons and really hope Max and Jeremy win the precious three slots. It's just hard to see a US man medaling this or next worlds. If one Farris would be my guess.