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Olympic Skater Jason Brown Celebrated On Ice, In Ice

His hometown of Highland Park unveiled a 10-foot ice sculpture of the fan favorite figure skater this week.

Credit: Kristopher Duschen of Johnson Studios Ice Sculptures
Credit: Kristopher Duschen of Johnson Studios Ice Sculptures

Highland Park Olympian Jason Brown has been dazzling fans and gaining a world-wide following with his performances on the ice. Now he’s been celebrated in ice.

The city unveiled a 10-foot ice sculpture of Brown in Port Clinton Square Wednesday to a cheering crowd of city officials, fellow skaters and fans. The Chicago Tribune estimated the crowd at 100.

The 19-year-old, who was a long shot to make it to the Olympics, has become an Internet sensation through the YouTube video of his qualifying performance, which has garnered close to four million views. You can also follow him on Twitter, where his genuine excitement about being in Sochi is infectious. Plus, his trademark ponytail now has its own Twitter feed.

Centennial Ice Arena, where Brown started his skating career, is hosting a viewing party Friday to watch him compete live. The party, along with refreshments and free skating, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Benny G. February 14, 2014 at 02:01 PM
What a performance last night. His highest ever score of 86. This kid is the real deal! USA! USA! USA!
David Greenberg February 14, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Who paid for the ice sculpture? Did it cost the taxpayers anything?
Walter White February 14, 2014 at 03:44 PM
We charged it to you. It will be on your next tax bill.
Puddinghead February 14, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Small blurb in the Tribune said the sculpture was paid for by local businesses. Nothing more specific than that.
Benny G. February 19, 2014 at 06:45 PM
David Debby Downer Greenberg. What a first class MOPE.
David Greenberg February 19, 2014 at 09:47 PM
Benny - it was a simple question. I don't see how that necessitates any sort of name calling. Puddinghead gave me some info, and I found some more in the Tribune. Local businesses paid for it - good for them. If they believe it's worthwhile, and might garner them some foot traffic, then kudos to them for taking the risk with their own money instead of the taxpayers being asked.
Walter White February 19, 2014 at 09:52 PM
Dave would rather spend the taxpayers money buying guns to arm teachers in the High School.
Benny G. February 20, 2014 at 12:25 AM
Morty and Shlomo see a sign in front of a church "$100 to convert" Morty says why not---He comes out an hour later and Shlomo says "well, did you get the money?" Morty says, "is that all you people ever think about is the money."
Moe @ the Buck February 20, 2014 at 09:02 AM
Oh, I remember the the days I could lift my leg that high while figure skating @ Centennial......until I ran into the penalty box. Ruined my Olympic dreams, not to mention almost my chances of having children.
Walter White February 20, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Not to mention raising your voice a couple octaves.
Moe @ the Buck February 20, 2014 at 09:59 AM
My choir teacher said it was for the better of everyone involved:(
Benny G. February 20, 2014 at 04:29 PM
Nobody liked my joke? Even in context to David's comments? C'Mon guys...
David Greenberg February 21, 2014 at 11:06 PM
Walter: I never proposed buying firearms for the teachers, I proposed allowing those who have the necessary licenses and training to carry concealed firearms upon their person. The implication being that the firearms would be owned by the teacher. BennyG: Anti-Semitic jokes aren't funny.
Benny G. February 22, 2014 at 01:31 PM
David, I'm a Jew---relax---get the cobwebs out of your wallet, bro...LOL

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