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Country Meets the Brown People Here Know

Local figure skater heads to the Olympic Winter Games in Russia next month.

The rest of the world is now learning about Olympic figure skater Jason Brown what some in Highland Park have known for years.

He is very special.

The 19-year-old Highland Park native, ranked ninth in the country a year ago, brought the crowd at the National Championships Jan. 12 in Boston into a standing ovation as he recorded the best score in the free-skate program to secure a place on the United States Olympic Team.

Brown started skating locally at 4 and that is when Lizzy Temkin, 23, of Highland Park first met him. She watched him mature as a skater and recognized a special talent when they were young children.

“There was a spark to him,” Temkin said. “He would fly around the ice completely fearless. He would race around us all.

By the time he was done skating in Boston Jan. 12, rest of the country knew what Temkin has known for years, Starting next month in Sochi, Russia, the rest of the world will be to know him as well.

In Boston the crowd was giving Brown a standing ovation 10 seconds before he finished his routine to, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was thinking more about being one with the audience than he was about the Olympics, according to a story in USA Today.

“It was the most unbelievable audience it could have been, and I felt so supported out there. I went out there and performed for them," Brown said after his short program in the USA Today story.

Temkin speaks as highly of Brown as a person as she does of him as a skater. “Everywhere he goes he makes friends,” she said. “No matter who you ask about him they will tell you it’s not about him.”

When Brown was interviewed on WGN-TV a few days after making the team, he displayed the humility Temkin described.

"Honestly, I have no idea what's going on," Brown said on WGN. "It's so crazy. … I can't even believe where it got me and where I ended up and that I'm leaving in three weeks to go to Russia. I can't even get my mind wrapped around that."

Brown has not forgotten his roots either, according to Temkin. He regularly returns for the annual ice show each spring at the Centennial Ice Arena.

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Dan Cox January 22, 2014 at 07:30 AM
Hmmm...Is that Jason Brown?
Walter White January 22, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Ahh...the next group on the Dan Cox hate list emerges.
Just Sayin January 22, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Hmmm...apparently Cox can't read english.
Dan Cox January 22, 2014 at 02:35 PM
Well, it is like the Highland Park Assault Weapons Ban...anything will do, a Shotgun, Pistol or Sporting Rifle. Speak of a young man and show a photo of a young girl, its all the same.
Dan Cox January 22, 2014 at 03:32 PM
My bad, dude looks like a girl!
Just Sayin January 22, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Hmmm...apparently Cox needs glasses...or he can not tell the difference in the two genders. No wonder his wife is named Bill.
The Voice of Highland Park January 22, 2014 at 04:22 PM
I mentioned not to respond to Cox but his comments here are gone too far. You have gone from your radical minority fox news comments to being just rude about a representative for your country. All your other views have not been weakened by your hateful words. When will you show a picture of you in your white robe

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