He’d seen him when his back was acting up, and giving him trouble in the form of debilitating back spasms.Seen the look in his eyes when he sat in a restaurant and ordered the healthiest thing on the menu, while watching the couple at the next table share the most delicious looking brownie sundae either of them had ever seen before. He’s played video games with him, gone on runs with him at 5am when the world is just beginning to wake up, and sat beside him on long plane/bus rides in the middle of the night.S national champion wining the tittle for 12 times.He was also the youngest American to win a World Cup overall tittle in 2001 in december 1999 which he won again in 20.He’s received pep-talks from him, had philosophical discussions and strategy arguments with him, and even shared late night rambling phone calls with him.So it could be annoying when Apolo turned on the charm, or gave an interview and said something that to Apolo was a completely reasonable and natural thing to say, but to everyone else seemed completely douchey.
It’s hard to do that and stay completely unattached to the guys who are going through the same thing you are.
He’s witnessed Apolo in his many moods and many personalities.
Goofy, giggly, exhausted, determined, hungry, pained, anxious, angry, sad, even turned on.
But at the same time it’s hard to be friends with the guys you’re trying to beat all the time.
For most skaters though, there’s the added pressure of being away from home, from family, and from childhood or school friends.