Ice skating coach, choreographer and Evanston native Kori Ade finished the 2010 skating season with an impressive triple spin. Within days of giving birth to her first child, Ms. Ade traveled with her newborn to the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash., where they cheered to victory a 15-year-old skater Ms. Ade has coached since he was 5.
Jason Brown, a Highland Park High School freshman, skated away with the 2010 U.S. Junior Men’s National title in Spokane. His jumps and expressive style wowed the crowd and earned him both the second-highest score ever recorded in his event and a standing ovation as he finished his final combination spin.
In addition to all of his technical training, the 5’1” teen credits his coach with teaching him to project the larger-than-life image of a champion. “My coach [Kori Ade] runs performance seminars, and we really work on how to put on a game face and get the full package,” Jason told Icenetwork.
In December another of Ms. Ade’s students, 15-year-old Jordan Moeller of Oak Lawn, Ill., took the spotlight, winning the 2010 Intermediate Men’s title at the U.S. Junior National Championships in Cleveland, Oh.
Both skaters will participate in international competitions later this year.