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Jason Brown Headed to Sochi Following Epic Free Skate Performance: VIDEO

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Jason Brown and Jeremy Abbott have been selected for the U.S. Olympic figure skating team in Sochi. Brown's performance at the National Championships over the weekend is burning up the internet.

Says the announcer: "He has something that's very unique - that ability to connect with the audience."

That is an understatement.

Watch Brown bring the crowd to its feet, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via buzzfeed)

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  1. I don't know Mary. The historical significance of Jesse Owens winning four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin during the height of the Nazi regime seems a pretty poignant example of how going to the Olympics can send a stronger message than boycotting it.

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 14, 2014 2:09:32 PM


  2. I will be watching the Olympics and supporting our talented athletes, gay and straight - they don't set the policies and laws in Russia. If anything, gay athletes simply being out and proud while performing there is a powerful statement in itself but I wouldn't be surprised to see other forms of protest as well.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jan 14, 2014 2:12:00 PM


  3. Now, if you want to see a sexy male skater, watch this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuVuPln_1is

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jan 14, 2014 4:08:30 PM


  4. Very talented guy... but why are the skating outfits always so horrifyingly tacky? Is that something the judges actually like???

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 14, 2014 4:13:32 PM


  5. You can disagree with a war but still support the soldiers who are fighting it. You can disagree with the IOC's choice for an Olympic location while still supporting athletes who have trained for most of their lives to compete there. Until anyone on this thread has trained for 15 years to do something and then be asked to not do it as political protest for a choice they had no control over, people should temper their opinions on this.

    Posted by: Jeremy | Jan 14, 2014 4:54:31 PM


  6. SO good I had to watch it twice! Always nice to see someone have a great performance after all the effort. Good luck in (sadly) Sochi!!

    Posted by: cameoutinthe80s | Jan 14, 2014 5:52:59 PM


  7. He's a good skater. I wonder how many gay Russians will be harassed, beaten or murdered while he's on the ice in Sochi?

    Posted by: FFS | Jan 14, 2014 6:32:32 PM


  8. MARYM, ask us if we care.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 14, 2014 7:35:49 PM


  9. he has so much Presence

    Posted by: Mike B. | Jan 14, 2014 7:37:08 PM


  10. @RICO
    Would you please state your credentials for coming to that conclusion.

    Posted by: Luc | Jan 14, 2014 8:09:49 PM


  11. That was a great skate, and those can be hard to come by. Big congrats to Jason.

    Posted by: EricD. | Jan 14, 2014 8:30:46 PM


  12. I wish he wouldn't go to Sochi. Our attempt at a boycott was an abysmal failure. Our allies failed us badly. As far as I'm concerned, any athlete who goes to Sochi is complicit in the murder of gay people.

    Posted by: richard | Jan 14, 2014 8:37:55 PM


  13. He has that "it" factor of great, moving artistry. Go, Jason!

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 14, 2014 9:59:25 PM


  14. Jeremy - You rock.

    Posted by: AZXPAT | Jan 14, 2014 11:37:56 PM


  15. Good on him, but the USFSA has decided to send Max Aaron to Worlds after the Olympics...

    Posted by: Jerry | Jan 15, 2014 12:51:11 AM


  16. I'd like to cheer Jason on (not to mention my own country's team) but I am just not that interested if he (or they) have nothing to say about what's going on in Russia.

    Young men his own age are having their lives destroyed, and in some cases their lives violently taken. It demands speaking out.

    I would enjoy watching this event during the Olympics, but I just feel nauseous about the idea of celebrating without even addressing what's going on.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 15, 2014 2:07:20 AM


  17. Other than an asterisk in the record books, what was accomplished by the 1980 and 1984 boycotts? But, as Sam notes, 80+ years after it happened, people remember Jesse Owens winning.

    Civil disobedience will happen in Sochi. Gay and lesbian athletes and their allies will make a stand. And, the fact that virtually everyone now carries a phone that has some sort of camera means the world will see what happens.

    Posted by: alex | Jan 15, 2014 5:58:24 AM


  18. Jesse Owens winning medals at the Berlin Games did not stop the Holocaust. So bringing him up is utterly irrelevant. Milllions of people were slaughtered nonetheless and Jesse Owens played his own shameful part in allowing Hitler to promote his crazed ideology in full view of the world.
    This skater is a collaborator and a pig if he does not loudly condemn Russian fascism while at these Games.

    I don't care how talented he is. I don't care how long he has trained.

    His ability to win a medal does NOT trump the human rights of millions.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 15, 2014 7:28:30 AM


  19. MaryM: And he (and a lot of us) don't care about your opinion.
    You ask him to sacrifice all he was fighting for, and tell me what are you going to sacrifice? Absolutely nothing

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 15, 2014 8:53:15 AM


  20. I just figured out why Marym is so hostile to Jason Brown...he's JEWISH!

    Posted by: Myackie | Jan 15, 2014 10:14:22 AM


  21. @MARYM: You just love to rant and hurl condemnations against others for not doing enough to advance the cause of equality of LGBT people. Take some time and give us a SPECFIC list of the things you have done, and your accomplishments in advancing the cause of LGBT equality. Don't be shy. Give us a list of your SPECIFIC accomplishments.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 15, 2014 12:33:22 PM


  22. @MARYM: Please share your list of specific accomplishments in advancing the cause of LGBT equality. Those you rant against for doing nothing or not doing enough may benefit from your example. Surely you are not just an old wind bag, who does nothing but condemn others for their lack of actions, while having no list of accomplishments of your own.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 15, 2014 1:34:26 PM


  23. Wow! Jason you make me so proud to have you represent my country. You are so talented and artistic. I can see you winning a medal for us. Be true to your heart, young man.

    Posted by: dena | Jan 16, 2014 3:57:32 PM


  24. Jason Brown rocks!

    And from his interviews, I'm quite certain he is one of us. May gaydar doesn't lie.

    I understand how awkward the Olympic Games in Sochi are, given Russian anti-gay venom.

    But Jason has a chance of being a Jesse Owens-like character, who will do us proud on the ice. More power to him.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 25, 2014 6:19:42 PM


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