Oona Brown & Gage Brown

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Oona Brown (born 9 October 2004) & Gage Brown (born 20 October 2002) are skaters who compete internationally for the USA in ice dance at the junior level. The team qualified for the 2018-19 JGP circuit by finishing second in the non ISU junior competition at Lake Placid Ice Dance 2018. Their international junior debut event was 2018 JGP Kaunas. They are the 2020 US National bronze medalists.

The Brown's home town is Middle Island, NY. They are coached by Inese Bucevica and Joel Dear.

Their 2020 GoFundMe page is here.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/oona-and-gage-brown039s-2020-ice-dance-fund

Please consider donating. They are very special.

Biographical Information

ISU Bio:
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00106267.htm

US Fan Zone Bio
https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=158

Ice-dance.com profile
https://www.ice-dance.com/site/profile-oona-brown-gage-brown/

Rinkresults profile:
Oona: http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=32564
Gage: http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=32565

The Browns do not have Wikipedia pages at this time, but there is

Social Media

Gage's Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/gagebrown_/
The team's Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/thebrownsofficial_/

Update 10 October 2020

ISU Personal Bests

TypeScoreCompetition
Personal Best Total Score152.05ISU World Junior Championships 2020
Personal Best Score Rhythm Dance59.50ISU World Junior Championships 2020
Personal Best Score Free Dance92.55ISU World Junior Championships 2020


Programs

2020-2021
RD: Swing: When I Get My Name In Lights by David Campbell;
Foxtrot: Everything Old Is New Again by various artists; March:; choreo by Inese Bucevica, Joel Dear

FD: "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica; cover version

2020 USFS ISP Point Challenge #2
RD: ( last to skate) https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/watch/?Archive=1751&category=102&type=Archive
FD: (last to skate) https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/watch/?Archive=1752&category=102&type=Archive

2019-2020
RD: Swing: When I Get My Name In Lights by David Campbell;
Foxtrot: Everything Old Is New Again by various artists; March:; choreo by Inese Bucevica, Joel Dear

FD: "Bloodstream performed by Tokio Myers; "Air" by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Jan Werner; choreo by Inese Bucevica, Joel Dear


2020 Junior World Championships RD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8prsMB9Tztw
2020 Junior World Championships FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgQGJvYYa_4

2020 Bavarian Open RD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUudputoXrs
2020 Bavarian Open FD
https://youtu.be/hh9M5nOTxvA

2019 ISU JGP Egna-Neumarkt RD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmiUCWXiy_8
2019 ISU JGP Egna-Neumarkt FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqxGoxLY41Y

2019 ISU JGP Chelyabinsk RD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjwAJb-Bn4Y
2019 ISU JGP Chelyabinsk FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDVmQH2cpHE

2019 Lake Placid IDI RD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpShYG0mDoQ
2019 Lake Placid IDI FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmK8ZSwUWQg

2019 Chesapeake Open RD (partial)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKIgj7e7w6A
2019 Chesapeake Open FD (partial)
https://youtu.be/haVkPaYoNkg

2018-2019
RD: "Tango": La Cumparsita by Gerardo Matos Rodriguez, performed by Milva; "Tangled Up" by Caro Emerald; choreo by Andrew Lavrik
FD3: "Still Got the Blues" by Gary Moore; "Parisian Walkways"'by Gary Moore, "Lullaby of the Leaves performed by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamasssa
FD2: "Still Got the Blues" by Gary Moore; "Parisian Walkways"'by Gary Moore; "La Grange" by ZZ Top; "Still Got the Blues"'by Gary Moore; choreo by Andrew Lavrik
FD1: " Still Got the Blues" by Gary Moore; "Parisian Walkways" by Gary Moore;"Still Got the Blues" by Gary Moore; choreo by Andrew Lavrik
* Their FD music will no doubt change by US Nationals, since they got a music deduction for it at their first international outing, JGP Kaunas 2018 (and it did)

2019 US Nationals RD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5z8ApM2Im0
2019 US Nationals FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9Z1zS0Tyn4

2018 JGP Yerevan RD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBlEtEuRqsM
2018 JGP Yerevan FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qhA7T3ELT8

2018 JGP Kaunas Cup RD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uod2dcCsnNw
2018 JGP Kaunas Cup FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fk1JnRMBs0

2017-2018
Novice FD: "Traeme Paz" by Patricia Vonne; "Malaguena" by Brian Setzer

2018 Baviarian Open Adv. Novice FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT1zoCX44vk

2017 LPIDC FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vyhG2w7YW8

2015-2016
FD: "Matrimonio de Amor" by Mila Khodorkovsky

As a new program:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdZyX0EbHPY


Competitive History

CompetitionPD1PD2RDFDFinal
Season 2020-2021​
2020-21 USFS ISP Points Challenge #22 (62.92)2 (92.42)2 (155.34)
Season 2019-2020​
2020 Junior Worlds Championships11 (59.50)9 (92.55)10(152.05)
2020 Junior Bavarian Open4 (59.90)5 (91.16)4 (151.06)
2020 U.S. Junior Ice Dance Championships3 (64.91)3 (95.63)3 (160.54)
2020 U.S.Junior Ice Dance Final4 (59.07)3 (94.40)4 (153.47)
2019 JGP Egna-Neumarkt8 (54.81)2 (91.34)5 (146.15)
2019 JGP Chelyabinsk8 (52.45)6 (88.88)7 (141.33)
2019 Lake Placid International Ice Dance5 (53.66)4 (79.30)4 (132.96)
2019 Chesapeake Open2 (55.07)2 (80.62)2 (135.69)
Season 2018-2019​
2019 US Nationals (Junior)3 (63.34)4 (90.33)4 (153.67)
2018-19 USA Easterns (Junior)2 (55.70)2 (83.64)2 (139.34)
2018 JGP Yerevan6 (55.48)9 (78.3508 (133.83)
2018 JGP Kaunas Cup-5 (55.47)12 (69.28)9 (124.75)
2018 Lake Placid ID Juniors-2 (56.55)2 (84.90)2 (141.45)
Season 2017-2018​
2018 Bavarian Open (Adv. Novice)3 (11.56)5 (11.57)-2 (51.18)3 (74.31)
2017-18 US Novice Championships6 (22.50)7 (18.43)-3 (65.55)5 (106.48)
2017-18 Eastern Sectionals, Novice2 (21.78)1 (22.90)-1 (65.28)1 (109.96)
2018 Lake Placid Ice Dance (Novice)346 (47.92)Not scored
Season 2016-2017​
2016-17 US Intermediate Championships7 (18.20)9 (16.72)-12 (31.51)12 (66.43)
2016-17 Eastern Sectionals, Intermediate4 (17.37)4 (16.06)-4 (42.68)4 (76.11)




Galas and Exhibitions


May 2019
Oona and Gage did a piece of 20018-2019's FD at Ice Theatre of NY
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw_IL1enHFy/

Dec. 2018
In December, they performed their RD for Ice Theater of NY
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JAbcgZ-VReY

March 2018 - Ice Theatre of New York at The Rink at Rockefeller Center - New York City (there is quite a long section of the Browns)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKsrHVHp0rA

2016 Christmas Show - Andrew Lavrik is reported to be their 'new' coach
James Bond/"Skyfall" by Adele
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgnVztqrqvw

March 2016 Show
"Miss Kiss Kiss Bang" by Alex Swings Oscar Sings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCK0XYNt66U

2015 Christmas Show
"Sleigh Ride" performed by Johnny Mathis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbiZek8Hjb8

2012 Christmas Show - They are 7 and 9 - and they were doing pairs, it appears. There are jumps. The rink gets the wrong song. If you run the video back to the beginning you can see this, but I am sparing you the confusion by starting the video when they start skating. Always troopers.
"Holly Jolly Christmas" performed by Burl Ives
https://youtu.be/xfVLgjzEbOM?t=112

2012 Spring Show, Gage by himself
"Explosive" by Bond
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKl4pvcgHg0

2011 Christmas Show
"God Rest You Merry Gentleman" performed by the Glee cast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TTWjVVI13A

2011 Show - Oona by herself
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMf0TjiUJKM


Interviews and Other Media


April 7, 2020 by Blossom on Ice
Oona Brown/Gage Brown: “Our mom is a big inspiration for us.”
http://www.blossomonice.com/en/oona-brown-gage-brown-interview/

March 2020 - USFSA Fan Zone interview by Claire Cloutier
"Browns Excited for First Major ISU Championship"
https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...excited-for-first-major-isu-championship.aspx

June 2019 - ice-dance.com interview
"Siblings in Skating: Oona Brown & Gage Brown"
https://www.ice-dance.com/site/siblings-in-skating-oona-brown-gage-brown/
 
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Some of their problems in the FD were their own, but some were due to their coach not being one of the experienced COP choreographers... he created an amazingly moving blues dance, and the kids executed it with total passion. They lost points due to falling in a spin, but also due to some points left on the floor due to flawed design of the original step sequence they opened with, and to not having the required change of tempo in the FD.

It was the most amazing 12th place dance I have ever seen, at least since the COP era. It reminds me how powerful a dance can be when composed as an artistic composition rather than a competitive rule beater.

I pray they get a second assignment.

BTW, an interesting person who donated to their GoFundMe was Jirina Ribbens. She used to do research for the ABC coverage of skating when the commentators were Dick Button and Jim McKay. You could always see her at competitions, often wearing a suit blazer with a strawberry pattern. She used to skate for Belgium in the dark ages.

She would be someone who knows exciting new talents when she sees them :)
http://www.icetheatre.org/staff.html

She is currently the executive director of Ice Theatre of New York.
 

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They lost points due to falling in a spin, but also due to some points left on the floor due to flawed design of the original step sequence they opened with, and to not having the required change of tempo in the FD.

I was really wondering why they got 4 pt. deduction. I got the falls.
It was after reading the musical requirements that I kinda got it. Your post, however, pretty much validated it. :)

But I did enjoy watching both their RD and FD. They're so expressive. I do wish that they'll be given a second assignment. Please? :pray:
 

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Thanks for making the FF! I was blown away by this team both yesterday and today; they are incredible. The stsq in their RD, the hydroblade and reverse lift in the FD, the skating and expression through it all—I am so genuinely thrilled and excited to see how they develop! And I’m sure they’ll rework the FD to pick up some of those points for their next outing—hopefully soon!
 

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I'm a new fan!!! I couldn't believe how good their RD was and they completely blew me away today. Such amazing power and expression!!! Their powerful style reminds me of the Parsons a bit.

Can you believe they are THIS good at 13 and 15??? Imagine what another 2-3 years will do!! I haven't been this impressed by a Jr team in years, if ever. Way to go, kids!
 

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By the way check out that they have performed with Ice Theatre of New York. There is vid here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKsrHVHp0rA

I have added quite a bit to their fan fest, and will try to hunt up their Competitive History in USFS stuff.

But it would be just like USFS to not give them a second outing, due to the ninth place finish. And that they are from the Hinterlands of New York and New Jersey...
 
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By the way check out that they have performed with Ice Theatre of New York. There is vid here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKsrHVHp0rA

I have added quite a bit to their fan fest, and will try to hunt up their Competitive History in USFS stuff.

But it would be just like USFS to not give them a second outing, due to the ninth place finish. And that they are from the Hinterlands of New York and New Jersey...

Thanks for digging up all the videos! I hope USFS will pay attention to the fact they got in the final group in their first JGP, not to mention it was also their international junior debut (since they didn't do the International portion of Lake Placid).

The Parsons was also 9th in their JGP debut way back in 2011 and they got a second event.

ETA: That SD is the 3rd highest out of the six teams so far. That gives them a case as well.
 
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I only watched the RD after I’ve seen their FD, so I didn’t know what to expect today. First 10 seconds I was impressed and first 30 seconds I was wowed at their on-ice presence. It is not easy to interpret Gary Moore blues but they nailed it, the program getting more impressive as it went on. Oona smiling at the judges as she lifted her brother further made that a special highlight. Based on the spin entry before they fell, that could have been another innovative element. I too hope they get another JGP so that more people can become fans of them :).
 

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I wouldn't keep my hopes up about a second event, the US has a lot of talent and there are limited spots. Its certainly possible, say if Gunter/Wein don't do well next week or they decide to take Efimova/Petrov's one event away or the Greens aren't ready. They might also need to rework their FD to avoid deductions. They should definitely get sent to any available junior bs though, and I'd keep an eye on them for Nationals. Can't wait to see them continue to develop!
 

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I like how expressive they are and how they continued after the fall. They are fighters. Also their coached did wonderful job, no matter the deductions. And how come they were not warned earlier that the program does not cover all the requirements.
 

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The best tribute I can pay them is that for my afternoon walk I downloaded a Gary Moore playlist to listen to.

And how come they were not warned earlier that the program does not cover all the requirements.
They presumably thought it did. Notice that the US and Canadian judges were the only ones who didn't vote for the tempo change violation, so perhaps it's a regional difference of opinion.
 

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I've not yet watched their RD but their FD took my breath away, it was incredible even with the error and was the first ice dance performance I've been captivated by since the ShibSibs at the Olympics and wow I love this team so much. Now I have another team to root for besides the Shibs :) and I can't wait to see them develop and mature, I hate that they'll have to change the FD but I know they'll work at it and make it even better, and fix that darned spin. I hope that they can have a great season and career, and that their financial issues get sorted out, because these two are clearly going places.
 

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I love these two; what a pleasant discovery. I'm most impressed by the fact that they both have such wonderful basics already- unfortunately, this is not present in a lot of top teams, junior and senior. Their programs were enjoyable and that lift reminded me of Anissina/Peizerat, great fun.
 

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Amazing new team.. I enjoyed both RD and FD so much!! Great relief that the future state of US Figure Skating Ice Dance is in good hands with our junior teams and that lift in the latter part of the FD reminded me too of Gwendel and Marina.. great fun!!
 

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I was very impressed after seeing this couple for the first time.Don't know if any one would agree but she reminded me of a young Tessa Virtue?
 

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I was very impressed after seeing this couple for the first time.Don't know if any one would agree but she reminded me of a young Tessa Virtue?

Definitely! First thing I thought was these two are just like baby Tessa and baby Scott! :D
 

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Thank goodness! They have a second JGP assignment at JGP Yerevan (week 7)
 

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Thank goodness! They have a second JGP assignment at JGP Yerevan (week 7)

Can still be changed though. They are currently placeholders. It depends on how well others do. If for example, Gunter/Wein do better at JGP Canada, they would likely be switched out. I hope they keep it though.
 

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Can still be changed though. They are currently placeholders. It depends on how well others do. If for example, Gunter/Wein do better at JGP Canada, they would likely be switched out. I hope they keep it though.

With the Greens being bumped from JGP Ostrava, the chances of the Browns getting a second assignment regardless got significantly higher. While I am still hoping the Greens will be ready for at least the final event, I admit at this point that's some wishful thinking and I should just be happy to see them at Nationals.
 

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With the Greens being bumped from JGP Ostrava, the chances of the Browns getting a second assignment regardless got significantly higher. While I am still hoping the Greens will be ready for at least the final event, I admit at this point that's some wishful thinking and I should just be happy to see them at Nationals.

That's true. If the Greens don't go their chances go up.
 

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Sad about their low PCS and stolen keypoint :sad4: but excited to see their FD tomorrow :)
 

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I'm a sucker for a good speed, and they're marvelous! Definitely keeping an eye on them! :hap10:

Btw. I see US specializes with good siblings teams: Shibs, Parsons, now Browns. Nice tradition!
 

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They finished eighth at JGP Yerevan overall, but improved their SB in all 3 main categories! They went down about a point in TES in the RD, but got it back in PCS. And their FD and total went up nearly 10 points.

Quite a feat when they had to insert a new piece of music, from "La Grange" by ZZ Top, into their FD to avoid the music deduction, especially for such a young team.


2018 JGP Yerevan RD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBlEtEuRqsM
2018 JGP Yerevan FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qhA7T3ELT8
 
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OK, so this post was actually written for the Armenian Cup Free Dance thread. But, after writing it, I realised it would be more suited for their Fan Fest. So, I have posted a cut down version of the post there, and the full version here.

By the way, I think the piece of music inserted into the Brown's program is from "La Grange" by ZZ Top … Certainly a tempo and mood change...

Lavrik was taking no chances :biggrin:

Yes, I thought he was saying, "You want a change, I will give you a change." :taunt:

And yet it sort of worked, though I prefer the coherent beauty of his previous vision.

Much as I like the bearded ones, combining them with Gary Moore was just bizarre.

I admit, moving from "Still Got The Blues" to "Parisienne Walkways", and then back again was so smooth that any tempo change was barely noticeable (in fact, it was so smooth that I think it was actually a recording of Gary playing a medley of the songs). And whilst adding in ZZ Top definitely provided a tempo change, the pieces just didn't fit together at all.

Nevertheless, the skating was great. They are so young, and they are going to go far.

Do you think I can claim them as one of our's? Like there is bound to be an Irish connection, what with her name and them using Gary Moore music. :agree: (There again, if we are using Gary Moore as a reason, I could claim most of the Japanese skaters too! :laugh: Which would be no bad thing... :) )

Going by the spelling used for her name, I take it she is named after Oona O'Neill. So, it'll be interesting to see if in the future they do a Charlie Chaplin programme. Gage already has the right hair length to play him. :p

Speaking of whom, I am totally intrigued by his name. Never came across a "Gage" before. But, I just looked it up and apparantly it is French in origin. It goes well with his surname.

Anyway, looking forward to seeing how they develop over the years that come.

CaroLiza_fan
 

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My guess is that Gage is a family surname. It used to be rather common to use family last names as either first or middle names. I had a cousin Spicer (Spike) Trail and another named Carroll Moore (yes he was a guy). And my middle brother's middle name was my mother's family name, Minor.

And in fact, some of the English Gage family moved to Ireland!
https://www.houseofnames.com/gage-family-crest
 

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My guess is that Gage is a family surname. It used to be rather common to use family last names as either first or middle names. I had a cousin Spicer (Spike) Trail and another named Carroll Moore (yes he was a guy). And my middle brother's middle name was my mother's family name, Minor.

And in fact, some of the English Gage family moved to Ireland!
https://www.houseofnames.com/gage-family-crest

That was an extremely interesting read. Thank you :thank:

My surname also originated in France many moons ago (although, not quite as many moons ago as Gage did! :laugh: ), so I found this part of particular interest.

Yeah, there are examples of family surnames being used as given names in my family too. For example, my maternal Granda's first name was actually his Mum's maiden name (Allen). And my Great-Granny's sister clearly thought this was a good idea, as she did the same a few years later with her youngest son!

Other people use a family surname as a middle name, a famous example being Narnia author CS Lewis (incidentally, the Staples family home is just outside my hometown). Another famous example is Mick Fleetwood (the cool thing about him is that if you just take his middle names as a package on their own, you get the full name of one of my cousins!)

I think it is a really nice thing to do. A touching tribute to your family. ❤️

So, I do hope this is what happened here. And with Mackenzie Bent as well, for that matter.

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