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Jason Brown - Olympic Figure Skater 2014

Meet the American Figure Skater Who Has Won the Hearts of Ice Skating Fans

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Jason Brown

Jason Brown

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Jason Brown and His Coach Kori Ade

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Photo by Harry How - Getty Images
Jason Brown

Jason Brown

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Young Ice Skating Sensation:

U.S. Figure Skater Jason Brown won the hearts of ice skating fans at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships where he won the US men's championship silver medal and qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.  He is the first teenage male figure skater from the United States to qualify for the Olympics since 1976.  He is considered one of the nicest elite figure skaters in the USA, and it is common to see him smile and to pass hugs around.  Everyone in the figure skating world seems to love Jason Brown.

Competition Record and Highlights:

  • 2014 - US Men's Figure Skating Silver Medalist
  • 2013 - Junior World Silver Medalist
  • 2012 - Junior World Bronze Medalist
  • 2011 - Junior Grand Prix Final champion
  • 2010 - United States Junior Men's National Champion
  • 2009 - US Novice Men's Bronze Medalist
  • 2008 - US Intermediate Men's Silver Medalist
  • 2007 - US Juvenile Boys Champion

Early Skating and Coach

Brown began skating when he was three and a half years old at an ice rink near his Highland Park, Illinois home.  He and his sister signed up for group ice skating lessons so his sister would feel comfortable at an ice skating birthday party.  Brown loved skating and has continued to skate ever since, although his sister did not continue in the sport.  He began taking private skating lessons with coach Kori Ade when he was five years old, and Ade has coached Brown throughout his entire skating career. In his second year in the Juvenile Boys division, he won the national title.  In addition to being a singles skater, Brown did pair skating for three years.    

Training and Skating Club:

In March of 2013, Brown and his coach, Kori Ade, relocated to Colorado from the Chicago area. He trains full-time at Colorado Sports Center in Monument, Colorado and he represents the Skokie Valley Skating Club.  His choreographer, Rohene Ward, also relocated to Colorado from the Chicago area.  

Place and Date of Birth:

Jason Brown was born in Los Angeles, California on December 15, 1994.

Education:

Highland Park, Illinois is the place that Brown calls home.  He is a graduate of Highland Park High School.

Supportive Parents and Family:

Brown's parents, Marla and Steve Brown, are very supportive of his skating, but, according to Brown, his parents have never pushed him to compete and "they are not that into skating."  He says they have some difficulty recognizing the difficult Olympic figure skating jumps he performs.  His supportive siblings are his older sister Jordan and his younger brother Dylan.

Trademark Haircut:

Jason Brown's long hair and ponytail have made him unique and has been considered his trademark.  Some figure skating coaches have suggested he cut his hair.

Interests Outside of Skating:

Brown plays the piano and enjoys bicycle riding and paddle boarding.  He likes working with and inspiring children.

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