American figure skater Jason Brown made a name for himself on the ice. Now, he becomes it.
The 19-year-old, who put together an impressive ninth-place performance in the men's competition at his first Olympic Games, has quite a fanbase in his native Highland Park, Illinois. The wave of support crests so high that Highland Park unveiled a 10-foot-tall ice sculpture of his likeness between his performances in the team and men's competitions.
When Brown's fans weren't attending an Olympics viewing party at the local Centennial Ice Arena, they were out snapping photos of the impressive sculpture of the pony-tailed skater. We rounded up the best ones:
— Emilio Rivera (@emiliooooooo) February 13, 2014
— Erika S. (@rinkrebel) February 15, 2014
— Kevin Tibbles (@kevtibs) February 14, 2014
OSRUI alum Jason Brown skates tomorrow in Sochi! Check out this ice sculpture in his hometown of Highland Park, IL! pic.twitter.com/FKqXy2tC6u
— URJ OSRUI (@URJOSRUI) February 13, 2014
It isn't hard to see what makes Highland Park's favorite native son so endearing. The bold ponytail. The tribute to Prince. The general charm and enthusiasm on and off the ice. While the ice sculpture will soon melt away, fortunately, Brown looks poised to be a major player in men's figure skating for years to come.
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