Johnny’s USOC BlogOne year away from the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the prospects of U.S. Figure Skating’s elite are great!  The team has been winning medals internationally all season, and we saw many breathtaking performances at the recent U.S. Championships.

In the men’s competition we saw a showdown, as always, between the youth in the sport as well as seasoned veterans.  The newly crowned national champion Max Aaron displayed impressive technical skills that have been unmatched in the U.S. in the past decade.  Landing two quadruple Salchows and jumping his way to the crown, Max Aaron shows how important the quad is now in men’s skating.  If you can’t land it, you can’t win.  Max will be joined on the world team hoping to secure three spots for Sochi by Ross Miner, who himself landed a quad Salchow and showed a wonderful stylized refinement on the ice, which scores well with international judges.  The only Olympic veteran in the field was three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, who, despite having a rough performance, will be one of the country’s great hopes going into Sochi.  Notably missing from the field were 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek and yours truly.

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