Following a breakthrough season in 2014 highlighted by an Olympic bronze medal, Jason Brown (@jasonbskates) established himself as the face of American men’s figure skating by winning the 2015 U.S. National Championships. At just 20-years old, he became the youngest U.S. national champion since 2004 by posting a record-breaking total of 274.98 points.
Brown followed his national title with an impressive 4th place finish in his debut World Championships- the highest an American man has finished since Evan Lysacek won in 2009. Skating last, Brown’s performance also clinched three U.S. men’s spots for the 2016 World Championships in Boston. Brown capped the 2014-15 season with personal-best performances that helped the United States capture the ISU World Team Trophy. His flawless free skate not only earned him an international career best score of 176.69, but also inspired his peers from other competing nations to join him and his coach at the kiss and cry to celebrate the performance. Brown’s season also included gold at the 2014 Nebelhorn Trophy and silver at 2014 Skate America.
Brown burst onto the scene at the 2014 U.S. National Championships where he showcased his tremendous athleticism, artistry and on-ice presence. Skating to Riverdance, Brown wowed the judges and audience with an electrifying, crowd-on-its-feet performance, landing eight triple jumps and easily winning the free skate. Brown finished second in the overall competition and captured one of the two men’s spots on the 2014 Olympic team, becoming the first teenage male figure skater to make the U.S. Olympic team since 1976. Brown’s strong skate at the Olympics helped the United States capture a bronze medal in the team competition and solidified his position as the next big star in American figure skating.
While missing the 2016 National Championships with an injury, Brown came back in 2017 to finish 3rd in the Nationals and 7th in the World Championships setting the stage for aiming his sights on the 2018 Winter Olympics which included his first ever qualifying for the prestigious ISU Grand Prix Finals.
With his signature ponytail and infectious personality, twenty-two year old Brown has become a household name and taken the world—not just the figure skating community—by storm. Brown’s Riverdance went viral and has been viewed more than 4 million times, far more than any other skating performance in history. Even Brown’s ponytail has a Twitter account (@2014PonyPower) with nearly 4,000 followers.
A native of Highland Park, Illinois, Brown’s activities away from the ice are equally noteworthy. He has lent his time to charitable organizations including Ronald McDonald House Charities, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Les Turner ALS Foundation, Tsunami Relief, and The Harbour, a charity that provides shelter and transitional housing for homeless youth. Jason has also spread his wings into the corporate marketing arena with endorsement relationships with the likes of Wintrust Bank, Froozer fruit bars, Deloitte and SlapItOn adhesive decals.
He and his long-time coach, Kori Ade, have worked together since Jason was five years old, one of the most enduring and successful coach-skater relationships.