Jason Brown (figure skater)

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Jason Brown
2011 Grand Prix Final Juniors Jason BROWN.jpg
Brown in 2011
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1994-12-15) December 15, 1994 (age 20)
Los Angeles, California
Home town Highland Park, Illinois
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Coach Kori Ade
Choreographer Rohene Ward
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
Began skating 1999
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 263.17
2015 World Team Trophy
Short program 86.48
2015 World Team Trophy
Free skate 176.69
2015 World Team Trophy

Jason Brown (born December 15, 1994) is an American figure skater. He is the 2014 Skate America silver medalist, the 2013 Trophée Éric Bompard bronze medalist, the 2014 Nebelhorn Trophy champion, the 2015 U.S. national champion, 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.

Personal life[edit]

Jason Brown was born December 15, 1994 in Los Angeles, California.[1] His mother, Marla (Kell), is a television producer, and his father, Steven Brown, works for a lighting company.[2][3][4] He has an older sister, Jordan, and a younger brother, Dylan.[2][5] He is Jewish and celebrated his bar mitzvah in 2007.[2][4][6]

Brown 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.[2] He is currently a student at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.[7] He plays piano.[8]


Early years and junior career[edit]

Brown began skating at age three and a half when his mother enrolled him and his sister in Learn to Skate classes.[9][10] Coached by Kori Ade since the age of five,[5][11] he trained in various rinks in the Chicago area until April 2013.[10][12] Since 2009, his programs have been choreographed mainly by Rohene Ward.[10][13] Brown also skated pairs with Thea Milburn for three years.[9]

At 11, Brown won the national juvenile title.[14] 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,[15] and second to Joshua Farris in the long program.[16] Brown's overall score was the highest and he won the national junior title.[17]

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.[18][19] 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.[20] He stopped wearing hinge boots.[21]

Brown began the 2011–12 season by winning his first Junior Grand Prix event in Brisbane, Australia.[22][23] 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.[8] He occasionally uses Dartfish, a computer imaging system, and a harness.[24] At the Junior Grand Prix Final, Brown was second in both segments and won the gold medal overall.[25] 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.[26]

2013–2014 season[edit]

Jason Brown during the exhibition gala at the 2013 Trophée Éric Bompard

In May 2013, Brown and his coach, Kori Ade, moved to the Colorado Sports Center in Monument, Colorado.[12] His secondary coaches include Eddie Shipstad and Ryan Jahnke.[12][27]

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.[28] 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 Éric 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.[29][30] 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.[1] In the singles event, he was in 6th place after the short program, but less than a point off third. He placed 11th in the free skate and finished 9th overall.[31] At the end of the season, he performed in twelve Stars on Ice shows before returning to training.[32]

2014–2015 season[edit]

Brown began the 2014–15 season at the 2014 Nebelhorn Trophy, an ISU Challenger Series event, and won the gold medal after placing first in both programs. At 2014 Skate America, he came in second. He placed fifth at 2014 Rostelecom Cup with a personal best in the free skate of 159.24 points. His placements earned him 7th place in the Grand Prix series, just missing the cut for the final.

At the 2015 U.S. Championships, Brown won the short program with the second highest points in the U.S. Championships' history.[33] He finished the free skating second and won his first U.S. title.[34][35] Until then, he had not tried a quad jump in competition.[36] At the 2015 Four Continents Championships, he tried a quad jump in the short program, placing ninth.[37] In the free skating he set his personal best and finished sixth overall.[38]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition


  • Grand Guignol
    by Bajofondo Tango Club
  • Baliwood
    by King City

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season); JGP: Junior Grand Prix


Event 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015-16
Olympics 9th
Worlds 4th
Four Continents 6th
GP Bompard 3rd
GP Rostelecom 5th
GP Skate America 5th 2nd TBD
CS Nebelhorn 2nd 1st
International: Junior[49]
Junior Worlds 7th 3rd 2nd
JGP Final 1st 4th
JGP Australia 1st
JGP France 2nd 2nd
JGP Italy 2nd
JGP Japan 6th
JGP Turkey 1st
Gardena 1st J.
U.S. Champ. 1st J. 9th 9th 8th 2nd 1st
Midwest. Sect. 1st J. 1st
UGL Regionals 1st J.
Team events
Olympics 3rd
World Team
1st T
(2nd P)
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.


Event 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Jason BROWN". Organizing Committee of the XXII Olympic Winter Games. Archived from the original on April 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Jason Brown". Ice Network. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ Lissau, Russell (February 11, 2014). "Highland Park parents celebrate son's Olympic medal". Daily Herald. 
  4. ^ a b "OSRUI Alum Jason Brown Heads to the Olympics". Union for Reform Judaism. January 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Isaacson, Melissa (May 9, 2014). "Mom, coach helped Jason Brown thrive". ESPN. 
  6. ^ Meyers, Dvora (February 7, 2014). "Figure Skater Jason Brown Takes (Jewish) Aim at Winter Olympics Gold". The Jewish Daily Forward. 
  7. ^ "Freshman on campus is a senior on ice". The Scribe. November 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Hersh, Philip (December 8, 2011). "Single focus: Triple axel". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c "Jason BROWN: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c Walker, Elvin (July 10, 2011). "Brown is ready for anything – except a haircut". Golden Skate. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ Miles, Arlene (January 26, 2011). "Skaters live a life full of lessons, off-ice training". Daily Herald. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c Brannen, Sarah S. (May 15, 2013). "Ade and Co. find new home in Rocky Mountains". Ice Network. 
  13. ^ a b Clarey, Christopher (February 12, 2014). "For Skater Jason Brown, a Disciplined Approach Yields Joy on Ice". The New York Times. 
  14. ^ McLean, Bill (January 25, 2011). "Brown heads to senior championships". pioneerlocal.com. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  15. ^ Walker, Elvin (January 15, 2010). "Aaron overcomes injury to take lead". Golden Skate. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  16. ^ Walker, Elvin (January 17, 2010). "Brown edges out Farris to grab junior title; Aaron third". Golden Skate. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  17. ^ Daday, Eileen O. (January 20, 2010). "Local teen wins gold at U.S. Nationals junior competition". Daily Herald. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  18. ^ Hersh, Philip (February 1, 2011). "Figure skater Brown hopes to follow Lysacek's path from suburban Chicago to Olympics". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  19. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (March 1, 2011). "The Inside Edge with Sarah and Drew – March 1: Inside Jason Brown's memorable program". Ice Network. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  20. ^ a b Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (June 30, 2011). "The Inside Edge with Sarah and Drew – June 30". Ice Network. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  21. ^ Walker, Elvin (August 8, 2011). "2011 Glacier Falls Summer Classic". Golden Skate. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  22. ^ Zinsmeister, Kristin (September 10, 2011). "U.S. brings home four medals from JGP Australia". Ice Network. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  23. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (September 20, 2011). "The Inside Edge: The new quad king". Ice Network. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  24. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn (December 15, 2011). "The Final Word: Chicago's Brown still riding high". Ice Network. Retrieved December 19, 2011. 
  25. ^ Hersh, Philip (December 10, 2011). "Highland Park's Brown wins Junior Grand Prix Final". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 11, 2011. 
  26. ^ Hersh, Philip (March 2, 2013). "Highland Park figure skater Brown helps make history". Chicago Tribune. 
  27. ^ "Motor City morsels: Rippon's boot meets Waterloo". Ice Network. October 18, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Brown Assigned to 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America". U.S. Figure Skating. September 30, 2013. 
  29. ^ Springer, Shira (January 13, 2014). "Jeremy Abbott wins fourth US men's title". Boston Globe. 
  30. ^ "U.S. Figure Skating Announces 2014 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team". U.S. Figure Skating. January 12, 2014. 
  31. ^ Cohen, Rachel (February 14, 2014). "US Figure skater Brown 9th in 1st Olympiccs". Yahoo! Sports. 
  32. ^ Jangbro, Eva Maria (October 24, 2014). "Jason Brown: "I follow my own hair"". Absolute Skating. 
  33. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (January 23, 2015). "Jason Brown leads U.S. short program; quad debate stoked". NBC Sports. 
  34. ^ Hersh, Philip (January 25, 2015). "Jason Brown takes first national skate title". Chicago Tribune. 
  35. ^ Slater, Paula (January 28, 2015). "Jason Brown: ‘It paid off’". Golden Skate. 
  36. ^ Hersh, Philip (January 25, 2015). "Jason Brown wins 1st U.S. title, but can he make the next leap?". Chicago Tribune. 
  37. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (February 12, 2015). "Jason Brown attempts quadruple jump at Four Continents (video)". NBC Sports. 
  38. ^ "Edmunds is 2015 Four Continents champion" (Press release). U.S. Figure Skating. February 12, 2015. 
  39. ^ Brown, Jason. "New Programs". Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  40. ^ Ward, Rohene. "Short Program". Facebook. Facebook. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  41. ^ "2015-2016 Programs by Discipline". Golden Skate. Golden Skate. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
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  43. ^ "Jason BROWN: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. 
  44. ^ Brown, Jason (June 10, 2013). "Jason the dream: Brown navigates road to Sochi". Ice Network. 
  45. ^ "Jason BROWN: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2013. 
  46. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (June 12, 2012). "The Inside Edge: Evora's extraordinary lunch". Ice Network. 
  47. ^ "Jason BROWN: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 16, 2011. 
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  49. ^ a b "Competition Results: Jason BROWN". International Skating Union. 

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