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Watch Jason Brown's Emotional Free Skate at 2022 Beijing Olympics

Jason Brown at 2022 Beijing Olympics

At the Olympics, out skater Jason Brown is having some of his best skates yet.

Earlier this week Brown,  who is representing the U.S., earned a personal best at an international competition in his short program. Tonight in Beijing, he repeated the feat in his free skate. The free skate was widely praised online for its elegance and its artistic nature. 

For his free skate he returned to his "Schindler's List" performance. The set is an emotional journey while the music by John Williams from Schindler's List plays. His costume seemed to be made of barbed wire, fire, and smoke.

 

Brown, who is Jewish, had previously spoken about the performance.

"This music has meant so much to me since growing up, for my entire life," he said in an interview about the piece that was choreographed by David Wilson. "It's a piece of music that I always wanted to skate to, I always felt connected to, but never felt like I was mature enough to take it on and put it together, to perform it in a way that I dreamt about when I was little. Those feelings of not being mature enough came to a stop two years ago when I decided that I was ready to perform it. And I think by that point I've grown into myself a little more, of who I am, and I just felt very confident that I could portray it and bring it to life in a way that hasn't been done before, that was hopefully very respectful and you could feel the emotion but at the same time a work of art type of way."

NBC tweeted that the Olympic performance cemented Brown's "place as one of figure skating's greatest artists." He is one of more than 30 out LGBTQ+ athletes competing at the 2022 Beijing Olympics after notably coming out as gay in 2021. He is the latest in a long line of gay and bi Olympic male figure skaters.

Brown has a bronze medal from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He competed in the figure skating team event and as a result became one of the youngest male figure skating Olympic medalists. 

Tags: Sports, Olympics

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