From time to time, to scratch the itch, he’ll put on the hockey skates and join a pickup game.
“Of course, I’m going to be smart not to go behind the net and take a puck to the head, but it’s one of my passions,” Max Aaron says. “Just to get out there and feel the wind through my hair and have that stick in my hands . . .”
After he is finished with figure skating, Aaron would love to enroll at Michigan and join the Wolverine varsity as a walk-on. That was his original plan before he broke his back at 16 and opted instead for the aerial path that leads to Olympus.
“I thought going into this year, is making the Olympic team possible?” says the 21-year-old native of Scottsdale, Ariz., who’ll begin defense of his men’s crown Friday at the US Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden, when younger sister Madeline will be competing for the junior pairs title. “I spoke with my coach, I spoke with some US figure skating officials, and it is definitely possible.”
If Aaron could leap up from the pack and become the most unexpected men’s champ since Rudy Galindo, as he did in Omaha last year, why couldn’t he grab one of the two spots on the team for next month’s Winter Games in Sochi? His skates may have toe picks now, but Aaron still has a helmeted mind-set.
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