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.
Who will represent U.S. Figure Skating in Olympic team event?
Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, recently met former soccer star David Beckham at a restaurant.
Both global sporting icons posted similar photos on social media with similar captions Monday morning.
Beckham played midfield for Manchester United, and Bolt is a longtime fan of the soccer club.
Bolt, who is planning on retiring after the 2017 World Championships, was recently asked about the possibility of Manchester United while hosting a Facebook Live.
“If I had the chance to play for Manchester United, I would go right now,” he said, laughing. “I would retire and start playing futbol right now. That’s how much I really want to play for Manchester United.”
MORE: Usain Bolt says he received offers to play wide receiver in the NFL (video)
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
MORE: Marquise Goodwin scores touchdown, celebrates with long jump (video)