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Jason Brown performs picturesque free skate to cap strong Olympic showing in Beijing

The crowd favourite from the U.S. placed sixth overall with two personal-best scores. His appearance at Beijing 2022 marks a return to the Games eight years after debut.

2 min By Nick McCarvel
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Jason Brown's skating is pure as Olympic ice.

The American put on a dazzling display of artistry on Thursday (10 February) inside the Capital Indoor Stadium at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, skating to "Schindler's List" in his second Olympic appearance.

The 27-year-old American is a crowd favourite, and he showed why in the men's free skate, earning a score of 184.00 to total 281.24 to finish in sixth place.

He had been sitting in sixth place after the short program behind a personal best score and matched that in the free, besting his previous top score (180.11) by some three points.

"It's hard to put into words, but for me I just love this sport so much and I've given so much time and effort," he said after his performance. "To be able to culminate all of that [work] in this Olympic experience, I'm just so, so proud."

Brown made a return to the Olympics here after an eight-year hiatus, when he stole hearts with his "Riverdance" free skate at Sochi 2014, where he helped Team USA to a bronze-medal finish.

After failing to make the Games in 2018, Brown moved his training center to Toronto to work with famed coaches Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson. He trained alongside two-time medallist Evgenia Medvedeva there - as well as Hanyu and other top-level skaters.

The quartet - Brown, Medvedeva, Orser and Wilson - had an emotional reunion at the training facility in Beijing on Wednesday (9 February).

Brown opened his free skate with a triple flip, then completed a triple Axel-double toe-loop combination before fighting for his next triple Axel. He'd hit four more triples before earning Level 4s on his step sequence and spins - and mid-9s across the board on his Program Components, a mark he's known for.

His teammate Nathan Chen won the gold medal, with Kagiyama Yuma and Uno Shoma going silver-bronze. Reigning and two-time Olympic champ Hanyu Yuzuru finished fourth.

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