6th @ Nebelhorn, 3rd @ USFS Classic, and 5th at SA - not a bad start to their first senior season!
I am excited about this team's prospects.
She is very elegant, and not using Gumby definition of the word, wherein contortion = elegance. They seem reasonably sound with their elements.
He needs to get stronger. The lifts and the split-twist did not appear light and easy. But the beginnings of an excellent pairing are showing.
Good photo showing Maddie and Max's strong connection -- from their FS at Skate America.
SP photo from Skate America:
Maddie and Max's post-SP Truth Booth video at Skate America:
http://web.icenetwork.com/video/topi...9318/v36868591 (0:56 -- viewable without a paid subscription to IN)
Their SP video is one of IN's Skate America highlights :
(All the other IN highlights are from Skate America medalists, except for Abbott's SP.)
Best to Maddie and Max at Skate Canada International.
I think they should be happy of how they performed. I love their SP, it's wonderful, cheerful, quite intricate and well suited to the music. I think the biggest problem now are the side by side jumps - she has bad technique and he has problems with landing.
I saw them at Skate America. My reaction at the end of their program was, "Wow, we have a pairs team." I was also delighted by the other USA pairs -- I had a little trepidation at the start of the season with all the changes. Not any more.
Really like Madeleine and her overall carriage and artistry on the ice. Max seems like a nice guy and maybe they can make it to the top 5 in the US. But I don't see them in the long haul internationally. But, I do think Madeleine would be an excellent ice dancer with her dancing background. Shades of Tessa! Plus with her pairs experience lifts would be no problem. Hate to be a spoiled-sport with this pair but I think Madeleine is the one with the future.
Maddie and Max also skated a gorgeous exhibition program at the gala for Skate Canada.
I'm so happy for them that they were included.
The music was John Legend's "All of Me."
ETA, nice photo of Maddie and Max in the Kiss and Cry at SCI:
http://web.icenetwork.com/photos/100240738?image_id=14 (#14 in the gallery)