IT WILL BLINK.
TOLD HE DIDN’T FIT IN.
Max Aaron grew up on the ice, splitting his time between hockey and figure skating until he turned sixteen and decided to focus all of his energy on the latter. “I just applied everything I learned in hockey to figure skating,” says Max. His powerful style helped to quickly set him apart. Unfortunately, he wasn’t prepared for the newfound attention. With mounting pressure, thousands of screaming fans at every performance, and even hearing sharper criticism, Max admits, “everything just built up.” He couldn’t handle it and decided to hang up his skates and walk away from figure skating.
SILENCING HIS DOUBTERS.
“When he came back, I knew he was all in. One hundred percent,” said Max’s coach. After a season away, Max was driven to prove his cynics wrong, which he quickly did by winning a gold medal at the 2012 U.S. International Classic. “I couldn’t stay away from the sport,” admits Max. “The moment you take off, you hear gasps. But the moment you land, the screams are ear piercing. It’s like a song in my head.”