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Lin-Manuel Miranda of ‘Hamilton’ approves of Jason Brown’s new music

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Jason Brown will skate to music from the “Hamilton” soundtrack for his short program this season and at the Olympics, if he makes the U.S. team.

Brown announced the choice via a six-minute YouTube video.

Word reached Lin-Manuel Miranda, who responded in excited emoji form via the person handling his social media accounts.

Brown said he and his family have been Miranda fans since seeing his previous hit musical, “In The Heights,” which played near Brown’s suburban Chicago hometown in 2012. He has listened to the “Hamilton” soundtrack since it came out nearly two years ago.

“Obviously, we wanted to wait for the right time to do it,” Brown said of skating to “Hamilton.” “There’s no better time to do it than the Olympic year.”

Brown realized a dream in seeing “Hamilton” live on April 5, four days after he finished seventh at the world championships in Helsinki.

Afterward, he met Javier Munoz, who was playing the show’s title role that night.

Back in January, Brown performed to “Hamilton” song “Wait For It” on TODAY, but his short program song is “The Room Where it Happens.”

It’s no surprise that Miranda is excited.

“The MOMENT a figure skater does a Hamilton-inspired routine you have to alert me, okay? #Quadgoals,” was posted on his Twitter account in November 2015.

Brown turned heads with his free skate music in the last Olympic season. His “Riverdance” effort from the 2014 U.S. Championships has tallied nearly two million views on YouTube.

Brown, then 20, earned a spot on the Sochi Olympic team as the youngest U.S. male singles skater since 1976 and placed ninth at the Winter Games.

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Correction: An earlier version of this post mistakenly called Brown’s 2014 skate to “Riverdance” his short program. It was his free skate.

After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

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After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

Images courtesy of Ramon Galindo/NBC San Diego

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

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Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

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