Mar 3, 2014 11:19 PM by Maddie Garrett
He's one of the most talked about figure skaters from the 2014 Olympic games, with critics calling Jason Brown the future of the sport. Now the 19-year-old UCCS student is back in Colorado Springs, humbled and still shocked by his Olympic debut.
"It's such a huge honor and I feel so lucky and privileged," said Brown at the ice rink in Monument.
He's also brimming with talent. Brown finished 9th in men's figure skating, an amazing feat for an Olympic rookie, competing for the first time on the international senior level. Up until this year, he was in the junior category.
"You know it is the start to my senior career and I just can't wait for it grow from here," he said.
And don't forget about that bronze medal Brown took home as part of the USA Team Skate event. He said along with the opening ceremony, that was one of his most memorable moments.
"Being on the medal stand with my teammates was another one, it was at night and all you could see was the crowd in front of you and the torch, and it gives me chills when I think about it and I got to stand up there with my teammates and that is a moment I will never ever forget," he reminisced.
And the figure skating world won't forget Brown either, with critics and figure skating great Scott Hamilton calling him "special" and a "rising star" on the ice.
"It truly does mean the world and it is so exciting," said Brown of the comments.
Even though he's just back from an impressive Olympic run there's no down time for Brown. He's already looking forward to the next Olympic games and starting training for the next year.
"My time off will only be like a week and then I'm right back on it getting into new programs," said Brown.
And that's good news for fans who just can't get enough of him. Brown's famous ponytail even has its Twitter account. He still can't believe that either, saying when he was younger other kids would tease him about his long hair. He said he's happy people have now embraced his style and his personality.
"It's crazy, it really is crazy that it has it's own Twitter account and people like know me for my hair," said Brown laughing.
Brown brought back more than just a medal from Sochi. He has more confidence, a greater passion and his whole future to look forward to.
"I really do feel like it's totally endless and the possibilities are like, to the sky," Brown said.
Photo Credit: US Olympics