A Highland Park hero, now in bobblehead form
Highland Park’s own Jason Brown has represented the United States on the biggest stages in the world, and now, he can be represented on your desktop.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has turned the figure skating star into a bobblehead that is now available for preorder.
“(I) never thought I’d be honored as a bobblehead, but so fun to see this come to life,” Brown said in a press release from the bobblehead museum. “Hope it makes you smile and brings you joy!”
Brown captured local and national hearts as a 19-year-old in 2014 when he debuted on the U.S. Olympic stage in Sochi, where he placed ninth as an individual and collected a bronze with Team USA. Highland Park celebrated Brown with an ice sculpture following his performance
Brown, a 2013 graduate of Highland Park High School, returned to the Olympics last year in Beijing, besting his 2014 showing by taking sixth as an individual.
According to his website, Brown began skating at the age of 3 in learn to skate classes. By 5, he was working with a skating coach at rinks around Chicagoland. He moved to Monument, Colorado, after graduating HPHS and won a silver medal at the U.S. Championships in 2014. He moved to Toronto in 2018 to train and returned to the Olympics in 2022.
“We are excited to release this bobblehead of Jason Brown, who shined on the world stage at the Winter Olympics in Beijing,” said Phil Sklar, the museum’s co-founder and CEO, in the release. “His fortitude and desire showed what being an Olympian is all about and he is an inspiration to many people across the globe.”
The release says that the release of the Jason Brown bobblehead coincides with the anniversary of the 2022 Olympic Games closing ceremonies, and Brown is one of four in a series of Olympian bobbleheads released this week. They also include: Kaillie Humphries (bobsledding), Elana Meyers Taylor (bobsledding) and Erin Jackson (speed skating).
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