Jason Brown is a member of the U.S. figure skating team for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The pony-tailed teenager is primed to take the world by storm on the ice in Sochi, Russia.
Here’s what you need to know about this exciting young figure skater:
1. His Memorable Performance at U.S. Championships Earned Him a Spot on the Olympic Team
Brown claimed one of two spots on men’s figure skating team by taking the silver medal at the U.S. Championships.
Jeremy Abbott, who won the gold, is the other men’s figure skater to make the team.
2. He Really Knows How to Work a Crowd
Brown’s performance at the U.S. Championships was electrifying. The crowd at the TD Garden in Boston cheered exuberantly as the 19-year-old finished his routine set to Irish step music.
After a performance for the ages, he couldn’t have been more excited.
I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I went out there, I was so trained and I was ready to fight for whatever I could. That’s what I did. I enjoyed every moment. I enjoyed the crowd. They could not have been more responsive, more generous, more exciting,” Brown told the Star-Tribune.
Watch his silver-medal winning performance below:
3. He Grew Up in Highland Park
Brown was born in Los Angeles, but relocated to Highland Park, Illinois — a suburb of Chicago. He has an older sister, Jordan, and younger brother, Dylan. His father Steven works at a lighting company and his mother, Marla, is a television producer. Brown began skating at the age of three after his sister inspired him to get into the sport.
4. He’s Earned Three Medals For the U.S. Entering the Sochi Games
Brown has won three medal as a U.S. competitor in figure skating. He took the gold at the 2011-2012 Junior Grand Prix final in Quebec, the bronze at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Minsk and the silver at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Milan.
5.He’s a Man of Many Talents
Brown has numerous interests and hobbies outside of figure skating. He’s an accomplished pianist, an excellent student and enjoys horseback riding and skiing.
According to the Ice Network, Brown is a recipient of the the Athlete Alumni Ambassadors Award, the Ralph Potter Memorial award for Exceptional Ability and Achievement and the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.
Brown says if he wasn’t a skater, he’d be a gymnast. In fact, his favorite sports figure is Shawn Johnson, who won the gold medal in the women’s balance beam competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.