Until the Team Challenge Cup this weekend, the last time that Jason Brown competed was in October. Brown had a back injury that flared up this season that took him out of the U.S. Championships. Jason petitioned to be on the World Team, but was denied and so his focus and training has all been for the Team Challenge Cup.
Brown went into the Team Challenge full of nerves and anxiety due to the fact that he has been off for the majority of the season. “When you’re gone and you remove yourself because of injury you kind of wonder ‘am I going to fit back in? Will it freak me out? Will I be able to step back in and own it?’” Jason admitted after his free skate at the Team Challenge on April 23. “That was the biggest thing for me, was walking back into that spot.”
Brown skated well in both the short and the free skate and he was very satisfied with his performance and his ability to return to competitive skating after his injury. “I worked so hard to get healthy and back into shape,” Jason said. “To be able to put out those two programs and meet my expectations and, in some places, exceed them, I’m so thrilled and proud to add two personal bests and add to the team points.”
Jason Brown actually had the second highest score of the free skate, right behind Shoma Uno and that was without Jason attempting a quad. Brown has not been working on the quad at this point, because initially his focus was on recovering from his injury and then the focus became the Team Challenge. They will slowly begin working on quads once again during the off-season and he plans on including them in his programs next season.
Though Jason was disappointed not to be competing at the World Championships this year, he was more than elated for his teammates that did compete and skated so well. Jason watched the event while he was doing physical therapy and it inspired him to work even harder. His favorite part of the event, was watching the three U.S. men perform their free skates. He was absolutely ecstatic for this friends to do so well, but it also fuels him to continue on his path and create his own magical moments. “While being off, it made me so much more hungry for everything,” Brown said with a huge grin.
Jason made it back for the final major international competition of the season and he couldn’t have been happier than to make one final appearance this season. “I wanted to make a splash, I wanted to make a statement when I came back,” Brown said. “I didn’t want to be forgotten. I wanted to prove myself at the end of the season.” Jason did just that and reminded all of his fans once again why they love him. Now he will walk into next season with the comeback anxiety behind him and only the competitive hunger will remain.