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Freshman on campus is a senior on ice

Published: Monday, November 11, 2013

Updated: Monday, November 11, 2013 02:11

Jason Brown placed second in Skate America men’s short program.

Courtesy photo by Geoff Robins

Jason Brown placed second in Skate America men’s short program.

     Most people prefer studying at room temperature. Jason Brown prefers a little below freezing.

     Brown, an 18-year-old freshman at UCCS, is a U.S. figure skating champion and competes across the nation.

     What began as a hobby his mom gave him to keep him busy while his sister received lessons has now blossomed into a full, promising Olympic career.

     “I remember falling a lot, but I love doing it,” Brown said. “I was that rowdy kid. I wanted to learn how to do the hardest things. I was not patient at all; I just wanted to go fast.”

     And fast Brown has become, winning bronze and silver medals by age 16. He also placed second in the Skate America men’s short program in Detroit Oct. 18.

     While most students are busy studying for history, Brown is making it. He was the 2011 Junior Grand Prix final champion and the 2010 U.S. national champion.

     “[I] don’t think about making history. I just try and do my best. It’s like a bonus,” Brown said.

     Brown trains in Monument but also trains at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, one of three centers in the nation. Outside of his workout routine, Brown can be found on the ice three hours a day.

      Brown graduated from high school earlier this year. He moved to Colorado this summer from Chicago.

     “I moved here in June and I absolutely love it,” Brown said. “I’ve done the Incline. I love Manitou Springs. I’ve been to the zoo as well, that was a lot of fun.”

     To stay on top of his game and keeping his mind sharp, Jason wanted to attend a university after high school.

     “My parents really wanted me to graduate high school,” Brown said. “I like to keep myself busy. I enjoy the public balance because I want to compete for another eight [to] nine years. I didn’t want to start college after that, so I decided to stay with school.”

     Already in the limelight since high school, Brown explained the rush of performing in front of thousands of people.

     “It’s incredible. It’s great to have the crowd support you,” Brown said. “When you’re out there and everyone is waiting, wondering what I’m going to do, it’s just a privilege to perform in front of people, the judges, everyone.”

     Through the pressure, Brown is able to shake off the nerves and focus on the task at hand.

     “Sometimes it’s worse than others, but you always work hard mentally to work past the nerves and to seem like you don’t have them,” Brown said.

     Although a freshman on the college level, Brown will be entering his first senior year on the ice. It’s a move he is looking to give his all.

     “I want to be looked and perceived as stronger than a first-year senior. I want to push myself both physically and mentally, performing to the best of my ability,” Brown said. “I want be faster, stronger and looked more polished on ice. I want to improve my technical score.”

     Off the rink, Brown is much like any other student.

     “I have a lot of hobbies. I love watching movies, bike riding, but I don’t get as much time to. I played the piano until I moved,” Brown said.

     “That’s one of the reasons I love going to school is having that balance. Because I go to school and train, it is hard to make friends.”

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