U.S. champion Jason Brown said he will not attempt a quadruple jump at the World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai next week.
“It’s something I work on every day, but it was not at the consistency level that we want to put it in the program for Worlds,” Brown said Thursday.
Brown, 20, did not attempt a quad in winning the U.S. Championships in January. He added a quad toe loop for the Four Continents Championships short program in February, two-footed the landing and did not attempt a quad in the free skate.
He was ninth in the short program and improved to finish sixth after the free skate at Four Continents.
Countrymen Adam Rippon and Josh Farris, who were second and third behind Brown at Nationals, do plan quads at the World Championships, according to Ice Network.
“I’m super proud of the growing and learning experience that trying the quad at Four Continents provided, and I think that was a big step,” Brown said.
He reasoned that he wanted to hit a goal of helping the U.S. men keep three spots for the 2016 World Championships in Boston. To do that, two of the three U.S. men’s placements next week must add up to 13 or fewer (sixth and seventh, for example).
“Where my quad is at right now, it requires me to not have it in the program,” Brown said. “I think we knew that earlier on, after doing it at Four Continents.”
Brown, the youngest U.S. champion since 2004, believes he can be competitive with the top skaters and medal favorites who do plan quads. He finished ninth at the Sochi Olympics without a quad and did not enter the 2014 Worlds.
Brown also pointed to his past, saying he was told a lack of a triple Axel would hold him back as a junior. Yet he won a Junior Grand Prix Final and took medals at two straight World Junior Championships.
Or that he couldn’t contend for an Olympic medal without a quad. He stood less than a point out of third place after the Sochi Olympic short program.
“I know I’m going to get the quad one day,” Brown said, “and it’s going to be incredible.”