Brown in 2011
|Country represented||United States|
December 15, 1994 |
|Home town||Highland Park, Illinois|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Skating club||Skokie Valley Skating Club|
|Training locations||Monument, Colorado|
|Former training locations||Lake Arrowhead, California
Centennial Ice Arena
Highland Park, Illinois
Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
|ISU personal best scores|
2014 Sochi Olympics
Jason Brown (born December 15, 1994) is an American figure skater. He is the 2013 Trophée Eric Bompard bronze medalist, 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy silver medalist, and 2014 U.S. national silver medalist. Brown is also a two-time World Junior medalist (2013 silver, 2012 bronze), the 2011 JGP Final champion, and the 2010 U.S. national junior champion. He won a bronze medal in the team event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Brown began skating at age three and a half when his mother enrolled him and his sister in Learn to Skate classes. Coached by Kori Ade since the age of five, he trained in various rinks in the Chicago area until April 2013. Since 2009, his programs have been choreographed mainly by Rohene Ward. Brown also skated pairs with Thea Milburn for three years.
At 11, Brown won the national juvenile title. He won the bronze medal on the novice level at the 2009 U.S. Championships. Competing on the junior level at the 2010 U.S. Championships, he placed second in the short program, 0.07 behind Max Aaron, and second to Joshua Farris in the long program. Brown's overall score was the highest and he won the national junior title.
During the 2010–11 season, Brown won the silver medal in his Junior Grand Prix debut in France and placed sixth in his second JGP event, in Japan. He finished 9th in his senior national debut at the 2011 U.S. Championships with an impressive performance despite not attempting a triple axel, which he had decided to put off due to a growth spurt. He was assigned to compete at the World Junior Championships where he finished 7th. Brown worked on the triple axel for the following season, while adapting to another growth spurt. He stopped wearing hinge boots.
Brown began the 2011–12 season by winning his first Junior Grand Prix event in Brisbane, Australia. He then won silver in Milan, Italy, to qualify for the final. In a December 2011 interview, Brown said he needed the triple axel to be competitive on the senior level and continued to work on it. He occasionally uses Dartfish, a computer imaging system, and a harness. At the Junior Grand Prix Final, Brown was second in both segments and won the gold medal overall. Brown was assigned to the 2012 World Junior Championships and won the bronze medal.
In 2012–13, Brown won gold and silver medals on the JGP series and qualified for his second JGP Final, where he finished fourth. He was sent to the 2013 World Junior Championships where he placed third in the short program and first in the free skate after landing two triple Axels for the first time in his career. Brown won the silver medal while fellow Americans Joshua Farris and Shotaro Omori took the gold and bronze medals respectively.
Brown won the silver medal in his senior international debut at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany. On September 30, 2013, he was called up to replace reigning Olympic champion Evan Lysacek at Skate America after the latter withdrew due to injury. Brown finished 5th at the event, his first senior Grand Prix event. In November 2013, he competed at a GP event in Paris, the 2013 Trophée Eric Bompard, and won the bronze medal. He also attracted much attention from the skating public and the French in particular, becoming a crowd favorite.
At the U.S. Championships in January 2014, Brown placed third in the short program and first in the free skate, the latter of which became a viral video garnering more than 4,000,000 hits. He won the silver medal and was named in the U.S. team to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In Sochi, while Jeremy Abbott skated the short program in the team event, Brown was assigned to the free program and placed fourth. He and team USA were awarded the bronze medal. In the singles event, he was in 6th place after the short program, but less than a point of third. However, he made some mistakes in his free, placing 11th in that section of the event. He placed 9th overall.
Brown's mother, Marla (Kell), is a television producer, and his father, Steven Brown, works for a lighting company. He has an older sister, Jordan, and a younger brother, Dylan. He is Jewish and celebrated his bar mitzvah in 2007. He plays piano. He graduated from Highland Park High School and received the Ralph Potter Memorial Award for Exceptional Ability and Achievement and the President's Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence. He is currently a student at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|GP Skate America||5th||TBD|
|U.S. Champs.||1st J.||9th||9th||8th||2nd|
|Midwest. Sect.||1st J.||1st|
|UGL Regionals||1st J.|
|GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
J. = Junior level; UGL = Upper Great Lakes
|U.S. Championships||3rd N.|
|U.S. Junior Champ.||7th Jv. QR||1st Ju.||2nd I.|
|Midwestern Sectionals||2nd N.|
|UGL Regionals||3rd Jv.||1st Ju.||1st I.||2nd N.|
|Levels: Jv. = Juvenile; I. = Intermediate; N. = Novice
QR = Qualifying round; UGL = Upper Great Lakes
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