The two men the US will be sending to the Sochi games next month to compete in the men’s figure skating competition, will be Jeremy Abbott, who won his fourth U.S. figure skating title at the US Nationals on Sunday, and teenage sensation, Jason Brown, who won second place.
A 19-year-old from Illinois, Brown earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic figure skating team with a crowd-pleasing performance at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston on Sunday. Sporting a long ponytail, the teen skating sensation briefly transformed the competition at TD Garden into a rock concert with an epic performance in his free skate.
“As we’ve said many times over, Jason does not have the quad jump and some of the jumps that the other competitors have but he has something that is very unique that we have seen and that is an ability to connect with the audience and by extension, the judges,” NBC announcer Tom Hammond said before Brown began his free skate.
That brief introduction proved amazingly prescient as Brown brought the crowd to its feet with a stirring performance.
At the end of the performance, NBC’s Scott Hamilton exclaimed: “Oh man, they’re going to have to shut the building for repairs after this program because he is going to blow the roof off it!”
Watch the video that has now gone viral on YouTube and be amazed.