The triple axel bit Jason Brown again. He says he isn't discouraged, though.
Brown, who turned 18 last month, is regarded as a rising star among the U.S. men after winning the bronze medal last year in the junior world championships. But he knows to reach his potential, he must start landing the triple axel in competition as well as he has been in practice. The triple axel is a staple in men's skating.
Brown crashed early in his short program Friday night. He bounced back nicely, skating fluidly the rest of the way to Prince's bluesy ''The Question of U'' and scoring 74.05.
He'll get two more chances to land the triple axel in Sunday's free skate.
''I was just really excited to come to nationals with the jump, and it's been a struggle,'' Brown said. ''I feel so blessed to have come and to land them in warm-up, and I'm excited for the long and to do them in the long. I'm not too frustrated about the axel. I wish I could have landed it. I'm happy I recovered.''
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