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Mar 24, 2014 8:39 PM by Jordan Mason

Colorado Springs' Max Aaron studies game tape to prepare for World Championships

The Winter Olympics may be over, but figure skating is back in the spotlight this week for the World Championships in Japan.

Colorado Springs' own Max Aaron is one of two men on Team USA and if he brings back a medal, he'll point to his training routine on the ice and in front of the TV.

Max Aaron's biggest critic is Max Aaron.

It's common knowledge that figure skaters train as hard as any athlete in any sport. But what you may not know is the amount of time they spend studying video, especially Max.

"It's very important," said Max. "It's one thing to feel it, but it's another thing to see it. It could be two different things."

With several quad jumps, Max routinely skates with one of the world's highest degrees of difficulty.

"Going into this quad toe, I was really making sure my speed was right," said Max. "I was actually a little too fast going into this quad toe. And you'll see myself pull it. Right there. And that's why I was going down hard."

And when the audience sees mistakes, Max sees numbers falling out of the sky.

"It's a points game," said Max. "You want to have a strategy. You want to keep with the strategy. All these jump passes I did in the second half are all multiplied by one point one because the second half of the program you're more tired. You're more fatigued."

But if there's any skater that has the stamina to bring home a World Championship, don't count out Max Aaron.

"It's all in the attitude," said Max. "You want to attack from the very beginning and no letting off the gas pedal."

Max is the 2013 U.S. Champion. He took seventh at last year's Worlds.

He will skate Wednesday and Friday.

 

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