Aaron, Chen leap into new season with different approaches

Nathan Chen (L) and Max Aaron are 1-2 going into Friday's free skate at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (IceNetwork photo)

Nathan Chen (L) and Max Aaron are 1-2 going into Friday's free skate at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (IceNetwork photo)

SALT LAKE CITY - Max Aaron felt he could waste no time in upping the ante.

Nathan Chen knows he can take his time.

That's why Aaron chose his season-opening competition, the 2017 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, to try two quads in a short program for the first time at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex rink Thursday night.

"That's what you need to do to play with the big boys now … I mean, the young guys, like Nate," said Aaron, 25.

Chen, 18, became his sport's new quad king last season by trying up to six quads in free skate (twice landing a record five cleanly) after doing two quads in the short program. This ability enabled him to win both the U.S. and Four Continents Championships.

For his season debut, Chen limited his jump pyrotechnics to a single quad as he unveiled a striking new short program to the song, "Nemesis," by Benjamin Clementine.

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