To recap quickly, we didn't see three skaters between coverage on IceNetwork and NBC of the mens free skate, because of NBC's decision to re-air short programs during group three of the long program. That meant the performances of Jason Wong, Grant Hochstein, and Jason Brown were skipped. While the former two fell a bit in the standings, Brown scored the seventh-best free skate on the unbelievable day of performances and finished in ninth overall.
First things first. I know I've commented so many times that this exact piece of music (Violin Fantasy on Puccini's Turandot) is a very safe bet and no matter how lacking your choreography or interpretive skills may be, the music will help lift you and also get the audience excited if you deliver. That's my feeling, at least. This isn't the case with Jason Brown at all. What an amazing program in all aspects-- and he knows how to listen to the music! The critical side of me can note that he doesn't have a triple Axel yet nor does his skating have much power to it at this point. At the same time, there's such a seemingly genuine quality to him and the way he composes himself that made me become an instant fan. I hope you enjoy this program as much as I did. Another memory from Sunday, as if we didn't already have enough!