Skater Jason Brown of Highland Park, Illinois talks about Stars on Ice 2022 at the United Center in Chicago, Figure Skating at the Winter Olympics

GLENVIEW (WLS) — When it comes to on-ice artistry, Jason Brown is the gold standard.

“I fell in love with the sport because of the artistry, because of the performance aspect. It’s always been something that drew me in,” Brown said. “For me, I always struggled with the technical side. So, I just pushed and pushed on the artistic side to stay relevant in the sport, to stay on top.”

The Highland Park native is still thriving after his second Olympics, a physically and emotionally draining experience that left him wondering what’s next.

“I focused until that end point, until the end of the Olympics, and it ended. And suddenly I was like, ‘It’s over? Like, what now?’ I remember FaceTiming my family like, ‘Is this it? Did this just end?’ “Brown said. “That’s definitely a tough question to ask now, because you’re so on top of the games, of the tours. You’re in the best shape of your life, so you’re also like, ‘I can do anything.’ “

After two years of distance and empty arenas, filming with Stars on Ice is an even bigger treat, especially since it stops at the United Center. It’s another reminder to Brown that there really is no place like home.

“Every time I’m at O’Hare Airport, honestly, there’s just this overwhelming feeling of nostalgia. Every trip I’ve taken has passed through this airport,” Brown said. “Whenever I’m home and in the Chicagoland area, there’s just a sense of familiarity that you can’t replace.”

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