Screen capture from Jordan's On Ice Perspectives instastory with the caption "One Last Project before I leave Toronto". It's the Cricket Club and pictured are Jason, Conrad, Joseph and a few other skaters.
It’s always a treat to get to watch Jason skate. His mastery of the blade, speed, and presence on the ice are just incredible to witness in person.
Thanks for the links, Sylvia.
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After the 2020 world championships were cancelled, Brown worked with longtime collaborator Rohene Ward in Chicago to create a competitive short program for this season. They ended up with two: a lyrical routine set to a gentle piano piece, “Melancholy,” that Brown used to win the Peggy Fleming Trophy in Colorado this summer; and a forceful, emotional program to Nina Simone’s rendition of the spiritual “Sinnerman.”
“I just fell in love with ‘Melancholy;’ it was almost like the mood I was in, with the quarantine and the emotion of it all,” Brown said. “One day, Rohene called me and asked, ‘Have you done both programs?’ Well, I hadn’t (been training) ‘Sinnerman.’ And Rohene was like, ‘Jason, you have to do it.”
So one day in late summer, Brown took the ice to Nina Simone. The music was so powerful, the performance so promising, it stopped Orser and Wilson in their tracks.
“I love Nina Simone, and I’m always trying to find some way to bring my own (background) into skating,” Ward, one of skating’s few prominent Black choreographers, said. “I have been fortunate enough to have a muse like Jason, who is willing and open to trying all kinds of stuff. He does a really good job breaking barriers and bringing a lot of people together. What Nina embodies in her music, Jason embodies in his skating. I thought it was a perfect match.”
Jason has a maturity and motivation as an elite athlete and has blossomed where he is especially with Traci as his main coach. I see no problems. We all go through loss of friends for various reasons and the mature adapt, as I'm confident Jason has done.We all wonder...It's a difficult situation no matter where you train and who you train with at this point. You do the best you can. I'm more concerned with his social situation in Toronto than his training. I'm am quite sure that Jason's training is fine. But his friends are gone and there's no one his age at the rink. We'll see what happens.
Jason has a maturity and motivation as an elite athlete and has blossomed where he is especially with Traci as his main coach. I see no problems. We all go through loss of friends for various reasons and the mature adapt, as I'm confident Jason has done.
The more Wilson and Orser work with him, the more impressed they are, especially by the little things that make Brown’s skating so remarkable.
“There have been moments in his training so brilliant that Brian looks at me with tears in his eyes,” Wilson said. “There was one moment, watching Jason do his choreography, that Brian said, ‘I’ve never seen anything better than that.’”
That such moments are frequent is the most impressive part.
“It (what Wilson referred to) was just one of those `jaw dropping’ moments where you realize how great he is,” Orser said. “He keeps reinventing himself – new movements, transitions, entries to elements.
“I found myself saying, `Wow!’ over and over. Not just one day, but most days. The only other person who has made me react this way is Yuzu (two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, whom Orser also coaches.) Jason is a skater’s skater.”
Few things are the same anymore in the wake of *********-19 *********, and ice skating had to adapt this season as well. Brown wakes up at 7:30 a.m. for virtual pilates class, and FaceTime sessions his other workout instructors. He competes virtually. Only 10 people are allowed in the ice rink at once — 3 coaches, 7 skaters — so his time on ice is limited. But when he is there, it feels like home.
"All things are different, but ice is ice," Brown said. "There's this exhilarating feeling of 'How is this going to unfold? I can't wait to see what I create today.'"
While he's skating, he said he feels calm, in the way that a painter might feel painting a canvas. While performing, there's a sense of freedom and gratefulness for the opportunity to skate in front of an audience.
I'd say it's pretty likely he'll keep those programs for next year, especially if there is no Worlds this year. It wouldn't make sense to scrap them after only performing them once in competition, given the fact that they were so well received from a judging standpoint. If he can start landing that quad consistently, and remain injury-free, IMO he's a shoe-in for the Olympic team. In fact, given his performances this weekend, he may make the team even without a quad -- and I wouldn't say that about anyone else. He really is uniquely gifted.Wonderful two skates from Jason in Vegas! I sincerely hope that he can make next year’s Olympics team, after not made it in 2018. Would love to see Sinnerman and Slaughter on Olympic ice...should keep and refine these two programs. That long Bauer spiral during the transition to the slow romantic tune in Slaughter is to die for. I’ve already replayed it 10 times!