Jason Brown, in some incredible way, has made the American public fall in love with him without fail. After the free skating program at the USA Championships 2023, the support of the audience was rapturous, and in the comments fans unanimously decided that Brown is the standard of men’s single skating and that he does not need any quadruplets.
Brown was only 10 points behind Ilia Malinin, a man with a Russian name and last name. Of course, Malinin is a “god of quads”, but not a “god of components”. In order to snatch the victory from Brown, Ilya had to jump in a supercascade – triple lutz + triple axel + triple toe loop. And since it was the first performance of such a cascade, it is likely to be named Malinin’s cascade.
Just think how Ilia’s head was working. As the program progressed, he was figuring out how to get around the ultra-component Brown, who could get premiums for his falls. He found a way around it, but at the awards ceremony it was pathetic to look at the guy. However, only one Jason Brown was happy there, like a true American, in a crowd of guys with Russian names: Ilya, Andrey and Maxim.
American Jason Brown is one of the brightest skaters in modern men’s skating.
Stretch and flexibility unique for men’s singles, the best spins in men’s skating, great artistry. The richness of his programs with the most difficult bindings has earned him the unofficial, but more than well-deserved title of the “king of transitions” from the audience, and his jump into the cross twine brings to mind the great Toller Cranston.
It would seem – what else is not enough for what would rise to the very top?
And what is missing the most important part of the modern men’s FK – jumps. More specifically quadruple jumps (triple jumps are good enough). But at a time when the world leaders perform three, four or even five quadruple jumps, among which there are older ones – Lutz, a flip, a Rittberger, one, and even the occasional quadruple tolop or Salchow.
But while Brown may not qualify for the highest places in international tournaments, he was and remains a crowd favorite, and he’s invited to the post-tournament showcase even if he doesn’t make the top six. Jason is not only the “king of the trances,” Few people get the audience as excited as he does.