Jason Brown wins gold back at Finlandia Trophy

Jason Brown skates in the men’s free skate at the US Figure Skating Championships on January 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jason Brown was almost sitting in a gold medal position after the Finlandia Trophy short program, but lost by tiebreaker to Canada’s Keegan Messing.

In Friday’s free skate, Brown beat Messing and the rest of the men’s field in Espoo, Finland to claim the gold medal. Skating to the music for the film “Schindler’s List”, Brown scored 170.13 points to take fifth place in the free skate and win the overall gold with a score of 262.52. Russians Mikhail Kolyada and Dmitri Aliev finished second and third respectively.

Brown was all smiles on social media after his triumph.

“Thanks to the amazing Finnish audience,” Brown wrote on Twitter. “Having the opportunity to play in front of a crowd again filled my heart! Thanks for the memories. “

Brown, a team bronze medalist at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, placed seventh at the world championships earlier this year and was a bronze medalist at the US championships. The 26-year-old from Highland Park, Ill., Was skating in his first event of the 2021-22 season as he struggles to build a second US Olympic team.

Brown’s medal gives the United States four gold medals and eight in total so far in the 2021-2022 Challenger ISU Series, in which the Finlandia Trophy was the fourth event. In Finland, Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc won bronze in the duet and medals in women’s dance and ice have yet to be awarded.

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