U.S. figure skater Jason Brown came away with a team bronze medal and a Top-10 men’s finish in his first Olympics. And there’s no doubt that his hometown of Highland Park, Illinois is proud of him.
But you don’t have to take our word for it.
Ever since his electric “Riverdance” at last month’s U.S. Nationals, the 19-year-old skater’s popularity has soared. And now, he’s got his own ice sculpture.
The 10-foot sculpture was a quick job for its creator, Kristopher Duschen, who normally has projects like this planned out at least a month in advance.
After just a few days of work, he completed the sculpture early Wednesday – one day before Brown got started in the men’s competition.
And per the Chicago Tribune, he himself became a fan of the pony-tailed skater.
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“The more I watched videos of him, the more I read interviews, I really started to like him,” Duschen said. “I’m really honored to be a part of this.”
Following his free skate on Friday, Brown told NBC’s Andrea Joyce that he wasn’t sure what the future held for him now that he’s risen to fame.
“I haven’t thought about it too much,” he said. “I hope they watch my skates here at the Olympics and really get more into it and more invested in the sport. I hope to carry on for another four to eight years.”
Time will tell if Brown stretches his career that far, but his friends in Highland Park will be backing him every step of the way.