I loved that Mao88 brought back an old thread (about Adelina) for perspective and further discussion.
I thought it would be fun to bring back another Mao88 thread from March 2012: Jason Brown's Future Prospects
The discussion was quite a lively debate (perhaps arguably a bit heated at times ) and of course a lot of questioning whether Jason would ever get that 3A. The thread is an entertaining read on how we all saw Jason back then.
ANd now it's fun to look back because 18 months later, we can now say that Jason DOES have the 3A and he went from being a question mark as far as his senior prospects to getting his first GP medal in Paris this past weekend!
All I can say, as a fan, is WHEW!
Also this is worth watching: A visit with figure skating Jason Brown , Phil Hersh's interview from Dec. 2011 about his struggle with the 3A. Glad to see all these efforts are coming fruition.
And here's a post I wrote on that thread:
Here's something I don't think people are taking into account: I think Jason Brown and his team likes perfect programs with no -GOE (or rather, with tons of +GOE). I think that is the gold standard for him and his team.
He did attempt the 3A in a summer comp and while far from perfect (it was two-footed and UR), it's indicative that it's not that he can't do the jump AT ALL. It's that he can't do the jump perfectly.
I'm sure his team knows about Brown's reputation as a all-around packaged skater, so the last thing they want to do is to have that marred by bad 3A attempts. Because he has great choreo, good jump technique on his other jumps and expression, he can get away with this for now. A skater like Kevin Reynolds, for example, doesn't have anything like that, so he has to relay on his jumps — even if they're not executed very well (his quads are pretty cool; but he's had his share of bad 3As).
That said -- yes Brown absolutely needs the 3A (or he can go the Lambiel route and focus on a quad) and his team is aware of that. But I believe there is a long-tail strategy in Brown's development. For those who don't know what that is — in business it means selling "more" unique or hard-to-find items rather than a large volume of a small number of popular items.
In Brown's case, it means not selling — for now — the everyone-must-have 3A and instead selling qualities not seen by those other skaters — great chreo, clean +GOE programs, consistent 7-triple jump programs, expression to the music.
So now we know Brown can do perfect programs. The next step, logistically is perfect programs with 3As.
And he did that perfect FS with two 3As at junior worlds earlier this year, winning the FS, though he was second overall. And he has done perfect SPs (3/3 internationally this season) with a 3A, but he still needs to do a perfect FS with two 3As (He missed both his 3As at Skate America and popped one of them in his FS at TEB).
But funny how my post still applies, though now we're talking about the quad!
Anyway, let's start round two: What is Jason Brown's future prospects now that he actually has competed in two Grand Prix events?