The U.S is now nine points out of silver after the men’s free skate in the team figure skating medal competition Sunday at the Sochi Games.
American Jason Brown fell at the outset of a three-jump combination but bounced back up, in time with the insistent music to his Riverdance-styled program, to charm the Russian crowd that clapped along. He finished fourth among the five men competing for the countries.
“It was really special to be on the Olympic ice and to have your teammates in the booth cheering you on, it was so special, so surreal,” said Brown, 19, making his Olympic debut.
Asked about the fall he said: “It’s a really consistent jump. After I fell, it wasn’t something I put much thought into. Just keep going, keep performing, put it behind you. That’s what I did.”
Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko was first, wowing the crowd with his jumping ability at age 31. Canada’s Kevin Reynolds was second and Japan’s Tatsuki Machida, third.
With two events to go, Russia leads the competition with 57 points, followed by Canada (50) and the U.S. (41).
Up next: The women’s free skate. American Gracie Gold performs second. The competition concludes with the dance free skates, in which the U.S. is favored.