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Correction :):

Good luck to Max AND Jason!

Jason Brown ‏@jasonbskates
Chillin on the airplane with @MaxTAaron...Just arrived in Detroit! The GP season is really beginning! Ahhh #SA2013 pic.twitter.com/byZOYs33Ly
7:16 PM - 16 Oct 13
https://twitter.com/jasonbskates/status/390662469200662529

Okay there needed to be a warning for the level of cute in that photo. :love:

My dream podium for SkAm: Max, Artur and Jason. Oh that would be nice. :)
 

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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:

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:

ETA:

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:

#2013SkateAmerica
 

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This is a great thread...thanks for all the awesome information, pix and links! :agree:
 

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@ZachTDonohue
Starting off a great day the right way. Bfast with @MaiaShibutani & @MaxTAaron
7:04 AM - 19 Oct 13
https://twitter.com/ZachTDonohue/statuses/391565483264475136

The right way indeed. :agree: 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.

This is a great thread...thanks for all the awesome information, pix and links! :agree:

dardar, I have to compliment you over here at GS, because I am not a member of FSU (although I am a visitor). I have seen that your support for Max there and on social media is off the charts. As we know from his shout-out to you on Twitter, such outstanding loyalty is gratifying to him during the ups and downs of training and competition.
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.

#2013SkateAmerica
 

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dardar, I have to compliment you over here at GS, because I am not a member of FSU (although I am a visitor). I have seen that your support for Max there and on social media is off the charts. As we know from his shout-out to you on Twitter, such outstanding loyalty is gratifying to him during the ups and downs of training and competition.

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.


Thank you! :)

Max has proven time and time again that he can take the hits and misses, and come back stronger than ever! :rock: 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. :yes:
 

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Okay whats the british commentators saying her at 5:04?? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x69xOxAJQr8 That hes been geting a lot of mail from different people? she means by that?

I too am curious what the bkgd and context for this commentary were.
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. ;)

#2013SkateAmerica
 

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@USFigureSkating
.@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
https://twitter.com/USFigureSkating/status/395553802532577280

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.)

#SochiHopeful

#2013SkateAmerica
 

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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!
 

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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!

Marisha, I think Max would be tickled and honored to know also that after your extensive history with skating, it was meeting him that prompted your very first post on GoldenSkate. ;) You must tell him next time. (I really hope that he and you will have a next time.)

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 :bow: 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. :yes:
 

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Welcome to Golden Skate, Marisha92!

Thank you! I hope to post more observations from the Broadmoor skating rink, since I live so close now. The last time I was really thrilled by a skater, it was in 1994 with Misha Shmerkin, who proudly represented Israel for the first time in the winter Olympics- that was before the Internet became popular and skating boards were created!
Marina
 

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Thank you! I hope to post more observations from the Broadmoor skating rink, since I live so close now. The last time I was really thrilled by a skater, it was in 1994 with Misha Shmerkin, who proudly represented Israel for the first time in the winter Olympics- that was before the Internet became popular and skating boards were created!
Marina

The Broadmoor club hosts "shows" almost every Friday night, which are meant to be like training exhibitions of their programs. Let us know if you get to enjoy some of these!
 

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Thank you! I hope to post more observations from the Broadmoor skating rink, since I live so close now. The last time I was really thrilled by a skater, it was in 1994 with Misha Shmerkin, who proudly represented Israel for the first time in the winter Olympics- that was before the Internet became popular and skating boards were created!
Marina

Ooooooh, have fun at the World Arena! (Don't faint over anybody!)
 

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Max Aaron and Gracie Gold apparently were on TBS tonight (Nov 6) with comedian Pete Holmes.
@PeteHolmesShow had tweeted this "sneak peek" YT video (3:45). (ETA: Seems that the vid is the entirety of the segment that aired with the skaters. I think the "sneak peek" description means that it is a sneak peek at the entire episode of the show.)

Pete Skates With And Casually Threatens Gracie Gold & Max Aaron
Published on Nov 6, 2013
Sneak Peek: Olympic hopefuls Gracie Gold and Max Aaron teach Pete to ice skate, and Pete returns the favor by threatening to murder them. Watch "The Pete Holmes Show" weeknights at midnight, after Conan on TBS.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5SuHhiI4vM

Tip o' the hat to fenway2 for her/his post on FSU that mentioned Max's appearance.

BTW, a few weeks ago, many skaters made separate mentions of tapings with Holmes at the USOC media summit, so presumably more skating stuff will be coming up on his air.

ETA:

IMHO, Max saves this segment by playing along with and enjoying the comedic schtick without displaying excessively cheesy hamminess that becomes intolerable. Wish I could say the same for the other two :eek:hwell:.

Caveat: In the video, Holmes (but not the skaters) uses crude language freely. Not all of it is bleeped out.

#SochiHopeful

#2013SeptemberUSOCmediasummit
 

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Video of Skate for Hope 10th Anniversary - posted 11/13/13

- An IN subscription is NOT necessary to view the hour-long vid of this summer show. I have not had a chance to watch it yet, but ....
- IIRC from still photos of the event, Max performed some ice dancing with Piper Gilles as well as some pairs skating with Ashley Wagner -- in addition to the group numbers and his singles skating, I assume.

ETA, starting at approx 00:45:00, Max is in full showman mode ;) :) for his singles ex.​

ETA, this shorter promo vid for the Skate for Hope cause does show a momentary glimpse of Max performing a lift with Ashley. :cool:
http://vimeo.com/72192259 (5:44 in total length)​

#Throwbacks

#2013SkateForHope


IN photos from NHK:

- Max mid-spin during his SP.

- Max with Coach Tom Z in the kiss and cry post-SP.

(No Max FS photos on IN, AFAIK.)​


#2013NHKtrophy
 

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Max Aaron's 2013 Midwestern Sectionals Free Skate

ETA (in July 2017):
Lest anyone be confused by nomenclature, "2013" Midwestern Sectionals took place in Nov 2012 in Ohio.
http://www.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2013/68388/results.html

#Throwbacks

#2013MidwesternSectionals

#WestSideStory

@USFigureSkating tweeted the vid to promote this year's Sectionals, which are taking place this week.


Speaking of which ... best to Maddie Aaron/Max Settlage, who are competing in Junior Pairs at Midwestern Sectionals.

SP Nov 20 9:35 PM
FS Nov 21 9:05 PM​

ETA, congratulations to Maddie/Max, who won the Junior Pairs SP and FS: 56.38 + 101.62 = 158.00. :yay:

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ICYMI:

A few fun (and new-to-me) bits about Max are buried in the captions of the photo gallery published by NBC on Oct 15. Examples:
- Aaron is a big fan of Mexican food and cooking at home. He comes up with different marinades and says he sometimes "makes a mess out of the kitchen."
- Aaron is an avid golfter
[sic] (he has a handicap of 20) and also enjoys water-skiing, wakeboarding, tubing and mountain biking.
- Aaron, who loves to do Bikram yoga, used to ski to the rink he would skate at in Wyoming when his family was on vacation
.​

And this quote is lovely:
- Aaron has a close relationship with his parents: "It’s a special moment to have my parents by my side whether I win or lose."

Source:
Max Aaron: 'Go big or go home'
Oct 15, 2:15pm EDT
http://www.nbcolympics.com/photos/max-aaron-go-big-or-go-home
(The photos are from last season.)​

#SochiHopeful


ETA:
In October, The Skating Lesson started a series of evergreen videos under the umbrella title, "Breaking Down the IJS."
In at least two of the vids -- the ones on Transitions and Skating Skills -- Max is among the skaters discussed.
(GS does not allow posting of TSL links. Look for the series title on the drop-down menu at the "2013-2014 Season" tab on the TSL home page.)​
 

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Max Aaron interview
11/23/13
00:07:14
Watch a Skype interview with U.S. champion Max Aaron during icenetwork's coverage of the U.S. sectional championships.
http://web.icenetwork.com/video/v31238403

(Can be viewed without an IN subscription.)

ETA, perspective from Coach Tom Z on Max's GP season (excerpt from a longer post-Rostelecom Facebook post that includes TZ's thoughts re Zawadzki as well):

As I sit here in Moscow's DME airport, I feel so privileged to have coached at four Grand Prix events this season for many reasons.

The first being that to attend the competitions with such talented athletes as Max Aaron and Agnes Zawadzki is truly a blessing and a coach's dream.

To witness Max train like a beast at home and take such huge athletic and artistic risks in his Grand Prix debut makes me proud. While I know he carried a lot of expectations on his shoulders and in many people's eyes he did not live up to the hype, he did in mine. Instead of resting on his laurels and falling into the trap many elite skaters do and just trying to "skate clean," he "failed upwards" (see the book, The Talent Code) and in the process showed all the young skaters around the world that it is ok to make mistakes and to never stop reaching until you are the very best. Carry on, Max!


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=495307577234635&l=c6b60ad899
 

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Max is one of the American men in this video (undated, but it is new to me):

Mastering the quad
One jump, four rotations, land it on a quarter inch blade of steel: "The Quad" is the gold standard in men's figure skating. Top Americans break down the jump.
http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/mastering-quad (3:09 in length)​

ETA (in Jul 2017), YouTube version of this piece:

#SochiHopeful
 

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Attn: Dog-lovers

Heart-melting photo of a much younger Max with his four-pawed best friend :) #throwback:
or

In case the links above don't work, it's #21 in a gallery of 27 photos here:

Also in the gallery, joined by their doggies, are the Shibutanis, a younger Charlie White, and a younger Gracie Gold.​

~~~~~~~~~

ETA, (unrelated) Instagram photo from @maxtaaron in Arizona:
Had a great photo shoot this morning at the Fairmont Princess. Such a beautiful place!
http://instagram.com/p/hW7-raI2Lh/ (Nov 30)​

More photos of Max in Arizona (esp. love the first one :)):

@JansingCo
@MaxTAaron making latkes for Hanukkah. He'll be in the gym & rink later tonight - CJ #delicious pic.twitter.com/crijcouAnR
4:03 PM - 29 Nov 13
https://twitter.com/JansingCo/status/406574066892414977

@emmajade12news
@MaxTAaron signing autographs for his fans... Never seen someone sign sunglasses before! 😎 pic.twitter.com/3Hh534Sw0o
2:31 PM - 30 Nov 13
https://twitter.com/emmajade12news/status/406913493422460928


ETA (in Jul 2017):


I think the YouTube version of this piece was:
How Social R U?
NBC Sports
Published on Dec 4, 2013
Staying relevant on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can be tougher than an Olympic workout. The best athletes on snow and ice dish their tips on living "social."
https://youtu.be/E8qS_FFuVcY (2:31)​

#SochiHopeful
 

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I'm going to the Broadmoor Skating Club Fire and Ice Exhibition in CO Springs this Friday, at 6:30 pm. Will try to take notes and pictures (if allowed) Would anyone in the Denver/CO Springs area like join me? It's free.

If this is not the right spot for posting my message, please let me know if there's a better spot in the forum.
Pleas email me if you want to come along: marina.rolbin@gmail.com
 

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I'm going to the Broadmoor Skating Club Fire and Ice Exhibition in CO Springs this Friday, at 6:30 pm. Will try to take notes and pictures (if allowed) Would anyone in the Denver/CO Springs area like join me? ...

Hope that you see some great skating, Marina. :popcorn: Enjoy.
Best to all the skaters, esp. MaxTAstic. :yay:

ETA, forgot to say: Look forward to any of your notes and pics that you would like to share here. :yes: Thanks.​

(Wish that I could take you up on your friendly invitation, but I am many states away.)

Marisha, I think Max would be tickled and honored to know also that after your extensive history with skating, it was meeting him that prompted your very first post on GoldenSkate. ;) You must tell him next time. (I really hope that he and you will have a next time.)

Reminder, if you are so inclined ... ;)
 

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Always fun to pick Max out of a wide shot ;), such as this one backstage at Disson's "Tribute to American Legends of the Ice" show. Hope that Max had the honor of spending some quality time with each one of the legends.

ETA, shallow (forgive me) thought: Is it me, or do Max's lush curls look less abundant in this close-up from the event? No matter, as he obviously is a happy :) camper.

ETA, more photos from the Disson show:

#DissonTributeToAmericanLegends

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ETA, two unrelated things:

Becky Calvin ‏@becky_coach
From Sectionals a year ago!@CoachTomZ@ @MaxTAaron pic.twitter.com/pTsZFO5jX2
5:21 AM - 12 Dec 13
https://twitter.com/becky_coach/status/411123670891761666 (#throwback photo that includes Mroz as well)​

#Throwbacks

#2013MidwesternSectionals

U.S. men’s figure skaters move on in Evan Lysacek’s absence
Nick Zaccardi
Dec 12, 2013, 12:49 PM EST
http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com/20...-evan-lysacek-olympics-max-aaron-adam-rippon/

Includes good quotes from Max.​

#SochiHopeful
 

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Photos of Max with fellow cast members of the Disson Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular (the live show was tonight -- telecast is in Jan):
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=707568575934294&l=5103748ff1 (Max all smiles with his old friend, gymnast John Orozco, who was on skates for the very first time)
https://twitter.com/JamestownArena/status/411535255443480576 (blurry rehearsal shot showing Max on ice + a few others)
https://twitter.com/DissonSkating/status/411598490632851456 (rehearsal shot of entire cast)​

ETA, one more:
https://twitter.com/bartconner/status/411954379055321088 (rehearsal shot of cast, incl. Max)​

#DissonSkatingGymnasticsSpectacular
 

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Photos of Max with fellow cast members of the Disson Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular (the live show was tonight -- telecast is in Jan):
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=707568575934294&l=5103748ff1 (Max all smiles with his old friend, gymnast John Orozco, who was on skates for the very first time)
https://twitter.com/JamestownArena/status/411535255443480576 (blurry rehearsal shot showing Max on ice + a few others)
https://twitter.com/DissonSkating/status/411598490632851456 (rehearsal shot of entire cast)​

Doesn't John Orozco also train in Colorado Springs?
 
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