Jason Brown failed to reach the podium in the men's figure skating competition. The American teenager was viewed as a long shot from the outset and simply couldn't match the elements of the world's top skaters. It was a good learning experience, though.
Sochi2014.com passed along Brown's scores, showing that he scored an 86.00 in the short program and a 152.37 in the free program, putting him in ninth place overall.
Brown emerged as one of the United States' top figure skating hopes on the men's side after earning a silver medal at this year's US Championship in Boston. It was a sign that he was ready for the Olympic stage for the first time in his career.
He had previously won medals at the World Junior Championships each of the past two years. So it's been a steady build for the American, who proved he deserved a spot in Sochi during the figure skating team competition.
Brown skated in the men's free program during the inaugural event. He finished fourth out of five competitors but was within striking distance of the top three. Getting a chance to see Russian star Evgeni Plushenko skate before the individual competition was also a positive. It also allowed him to earn his first Olympic medal, a bronze as part of the U.S. team.
Afterward, Gary Mihoces of USA Today passed along comments from the Illinois native, who opted against making any predictions and just wanted to showcase his best routine in both phases of the men's event:
I love going out there and performing. You work so hard every day at a rink with no audience, and you train the programs countless hours. For me, when I get on the ice, all I want to do is showcase my work … and put out my best performance.
Ultimately, despite a strong showing in the short program, Brown wasn't able to finish inside the top three. Just the fact he was in serious contention heading into the second day of competition illustrates how bright his future is, though.
The event showcased the gap between him, as well as many other skaters, and the likes of Yuzuru Hanyu and Patrick Chan. Competing against those big names of the sport gives Brown an idea of what it will take for him to reach that elite level.
All told, given his age, experience and the level of competition, Brown showed really well for himself in Sochi. It wasn't a top-of-the-podium worthy performance over the two days, but he's certainly trending in the right direction at this stage of his career.
It wouldn't be a surprise to see him arrive in Pyeongchang, South Korea, four years from now as a legitimate contender for the gold medal.
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