Jason Brown

On and off the ice, Jason Brown can put on a show

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U.S. men’s figure skater Jason Brown has become quite a popular fellow since his star turn at last month’s U.S. Championships in Boston, where he finished second to fellow Olympian Jeremy Abbott following his “Riverdance” free skate.

That particular routine has made Brown into a YouTube star going into Sochi, but the pride of Highland Park, Illinois was already known as a fan favorite within the world of figure skating thanks in part to his flair for showmanship.

It’s a trait that the 19-year-old Brown has apparently had for some time.

A special feature on Brown from NBCOlympics.com’s Rachel Lutz details how, after reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” for one of his high school classes, he promptly transformed himself into legendary silent film star Charlie Chaplin as part of a lesson that involved the students becoming famous 1920s personalities.

Just as he does on the ice, he went all in.

“Jason became Charlie Chaplin, right down to the way he moved,” his teacher, Jennifer Lucchese, told local news outlets. “His attention to detail was incredible. It set him apart from his peers in his willingness to take a risk and throw himself into it.”

Now, Brown is preparing to throw himself into the Olympics for the very first time alongside the 28-year-old veteran Abbott. And after nearly blowing the roof off of the TD Garden, he’ll be looking to be even better in Sochi.

“For not even one second did I think that [“Riverdance”] was the best performance I’ve ever done,” Brown said following the Nationals.

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Canada crushes U.S. in World Hockey Championship opener

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Canada beat the U.S. for the 39th time in 43 games in World Hockey Championship history, 5-1 in the biggest rout between the two rivals since 1997 in their Worlds opener in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday.

NHL players Brad MarchandTaylor Hall, Matt Duchene, Brendan Gallagher and Boone Jenner scored for Canada, which came back from a 1-0 deficit.

The U.S. had New Jersey Devils backup Keith Kincaid in goal. Canada started Edmonton Oilers No. 1 Cam Talbot, who allowed a first-period goal to Patrick Maroon.

The U.S., bronze-medal winner in 2013 and 2015, and reigning World champion Canada are in the same eight-team group at Worlds.

The top four teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals that begin May 19.

The U.S. next plays Belarus on Saturday. Full NBC Sports broadcast coverage information of Worlds is here.

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Lindsey Vonn sails with America’s Cup champion (video)

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Lindsey Vonn continued her offseason tour by sailing with Oracle Team USA, winner of the last two America’s Cups, in the Hudson River in New York City on Thursday.

That came one day after Vonn joined Tom BradyJordan Spieth and Vanilla Ice at an Under Armour party in Baltimore.

Vonn is next expected to hit Louisville for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby.

NBC Sports will present live coverage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series from New York at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday (NBC Sports Live Extra) and Sunday (NBCSN, Live Extra).

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