At the 2015 US National Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C., last weekend, 20-year-old Jason Brown of Highland Park won the gold medal, becoming the youngest man to have won the title since Johnnie Weir won it in 2004. His coach is Evanston native Kori Ade, ETHS 1991.
The two will travel to Korea in February for the 2015 Four Continents Competition and to Shanghai in March for the World Figure Skating Championship.
Mr. Brown was 5 years old when Ms. Ade gave him his first private lesson. She has designed and guided his training program ever since. In 2014, Mr. Brown won the silver medal at the U.S. Nationals and was named to the 2014 Olympic Team Sochi, Russia. He placed ninth in the individual men’s event and was chosen to skate in the inaugural team event, earning a bronze medal when the U.S. team finished in third place.
In 2013, Ms. Ade and her family, as well as Mr. Brown, relocated to Colorado Springs. Her new training center, the 7k International Skating Academy in Monument. Colo., is growing into an exciting, high altitude location for figure skaters to train.
In preparing for the national competition, Ms. Ade challenged Mr. Brown to skate 40 “clean” programs. Every time he completed one, he rang the hockey bell at the rink. Soon all the other skaters followed suit, and the challenge become a competition in its own right, Ms. Ade said, comparing the situation to that of Pavlov’s dogs: Everyone wanted to ring that bell.