Hopes were high for Chicago native Jason Brown, 19, after a promising short program on Feb. 13 left him in medal contention. However, his Feb. 14 free skate routine fell way short of the golden mark.
Olympics — Jason Brown Loses Free Skate
At the end of the day it was Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan who walked away with the gold medal, despite falling in the midst of a quadruple jump that seemingly put him out of contention. Canada’s Patrick Chan stole silver, while Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten won bronze. Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko was favored to win big, but he drew the ire of the motherland when he dropped out last minute due to spinal pain.
Jason — who famously does not even have a quad jump — ended up in ninth place. He skated last, and his jumps and technical prowess proved to be not enough to compete with the big guns.
Still, it’s pretty impressive that Jason is where he is right how in the first place. A viral sensation, the ponytailed teen’s free skate at U.S. nationals in Boston to music from Riverdance made him a YouTube hit, and earned him his spot as a first-time Olympian. He helped his team skate their way to bronze on Feb. 9, so all in all, we still think that Jason is still a real badass.
What did you think of Jason’s free skate, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he deserved to place higher?
— Shaunna Murphy
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