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  • U.S. Olympian Jason Brown of Highland Park was among the competitors at the 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America. U.S. Figure Skating announced this week that it’s chosen the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates to host this year’s Skate America, which is expected to bring 56 of the world’s top figure skaters to the suburbs for a three-day competition Oct. 24-26.

    Top figure skaters set to compete at Hoffman Estates’ Sears CentreMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    U.S. Figure Skating has chosen Hoffman Estates’ Sears Centre Arena as the host venue for the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America. Last year's event featured performances from dozens of world-class skaters, including 2014 Olympic medalists Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Jason Brown and Ashley Wagner.

     
  • Olympic figure skating gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White talk to fans while signing autographs in New York last week.

    Olympic gold medalists Davis-White out of worldsMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Olympic gold medalist ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White will not compete at the world championships later this month.

     
  • Highland Park High School’s marching band plays behind Olympic figure skater Jason Brown, who was welcomed home in a ceremony Tuesday. Brown won a bronze medal in team figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

    Olympian Jason Brown honored, thanks supporters at Highland Park HighFeb 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Figure skater Jason Brown’s enthusiasm that connected with spectators at the Sochi Winter Olympics was evident Tuesday when he stopped in his hometown of Highland Park for a elebration of his achievements. Brown, 19, who won a bronze medal in the team competition and placed ninth on the individual side in his Olympics debut, attended two pep assemblies before a combined 2,000 pupils at Highland Park High School.

     
  • A photo of a video monitor shows Highland Park skater Jason Brown receiving his bronze medal.

    Highland Park medalist Jason Brown still smiling as Olympics wind downFeb 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Still celebating his bronze-medal win in team figure skating, Highland Park's Jason Brown talks candidly about his Olympic victory and his love of the sport in this exclusive Q&A. "The outpouring of support from my community has been more than I could have ever imagined."

     
  • Gracie Gold of the United States waits in the results area after completing her routine in the women's short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    To medal, Gold will likely need others to falterFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    U.S. champion Gracie Gold is in striking distance of a medal with 68.63 points. But she will likely need a mistake from the leaders to move up to the podium. Gold turned out a clean free skate in the team event, and as she wrestled with frazzled nerves Wednesday, she wished she was doing her long program instead of her short,

     
  • Gracie Gold of the United States competes in the women’s short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Gracie Gold 4th in skating short programFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    SOCHI, Russia — Defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea won the short program at the Sochi Olympics, and Russia’s 15-year-old sensation Julia Lipnitskaia fell. American champion Gracie Gold was fourth, with countrywomen Ashley Wagner sixth and Polina Edmunds seventh. Japan’s Mao Asada had four major mistakes and plummeted to 16th.

     
  • Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada react Monday after placing second in the ice dance free dance figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Virtue-Moir bemoan coach’s unavailabilityFeb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Canadian ice dance silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir bemoaned the split allegiance of coach Marina Zoueva, who also works with American gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. “We sometimes felt like (Zoueva) wasn’t in our corner,” Moir said, more in the way of stating a fact as he and Virtue perceived it than as a complaint. “We had some odd things happen this year. We expected Marina to be on our team and work with us like in Vancouver.”

     
  • Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States compete in the ice dance free dance figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Davis, White of U.S. win Olympic ice dance goldFeb 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold medal in ice dance Monday, the first Olympic title in the event for the United States. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, the 2010 champions, took silver. Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov captured bronze.

     
  • Meryl Davis and Charlie White, of the United States, compete in the ice dance short dance figure skating competition Sunday at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Meryl Davis, Charlie White take lead after short danceFeb 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    They have trained together for 17 years. And for much of that time, under the rules of ice dance, they’ve not been allowed to stray farther than two arms’ length from each other. But on Sunday at the Sochi Olympics, Meryl Davis and Charlie White took the ice with the exuberance of a couple intoxicated by the sight of one another and swept the Iceberg Skating Palace audience along with them. The six-time U.S. champions came out with a record score for a short dance, 78.89 points, which amounted to a handsome yet not insurmountable lead entering Monday’s free skate.

     
  • Debra Knight, of Lake Villa, holds a flag and cheers during a Friday viewing party at the Centennial Ice Arena in Highland Park for hometown Olympic skater Jason Brown.

    Fans at Highland Park arena proud of Jason BrownFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hundreds of fans from across the suburbs flocked to the Centennial Ice Arena in Highland Park to watch hometown favorite Jason Brown compete in Olympic figure skating Friday. Brown finished out of medal contention in ninth place, but the 19-year-old skater didn't disappoint the crowd. “I think he should be very proud of himself,” said Molly Anderson, a friend from Northfield. “I'm so proud of him.”

     
  • A day after snagging a gold medal for the Russian figure skating team at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Julia Lipnitskaia was back at her usual rink in Moscow, hoping to escape the buzz and stay focused on the individual competition ahead.

    Lipnitskaia at home: ‘She’s a girl with character’Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    he got the gold. Then she went straight home — to practice some more. A day after snagging a gold medal for the Russian figure skating team at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Julia Lipnitskaia was back at her usual rink in Moscow, hoping to escape the buzz and stay focused on the individual competition ahead.

     
  • Thirty years ago, Scott Hamilton won the figure skating gold medal representing the United States in Sarajevo. Since then, he has pretty much reinvented professional figure skating by creating “Stars On Ice” and has been the voice of the sport for decades.

    Scott Hamilton celebrates 30th anniversary of goldFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sarajevo. To many, the mention of the Bosnian city evokrd memories of death and devastation from civil war. A decade earlier, the sports world gathered there in 1984 for the Winter Olympics. That is the Sarajevo that makes people smile. It is the Sarajevo that endures for Scott Hamilton 30 years after his gold medal.

     
  • Jason Brown, from Highland Park, competes in the men's short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday.

    Highland Park's Brown in hunt for bronzeFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Highland Park resident Jason Brown met Evgeni Plushenko at an Olympic practice, and the Russian great said he was a big fan of the American teen. Brown, who bubbles with enthusiasm even in the most mundane of conversations, recounted his reaction as: “What?! No, no, no, I'm such a huge fan of yours.”

     
  • Evgeni Plushenko of Russia, left, speaks with team members, including his coach Alexei Mishin, right, before he pulled out of the men’s short program figure skating competition due to illness at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Plushenko withdraws from Olympic figure skatingFeb 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Evgeni Plushenko withdrew for medical reasons Thursday from the men’s figure skating competition at the Sochi Olympics. The four-time medalist who helped Russia win the team gold over the weekend fell on a triple axel during warmups for the short program and immediately grabbed his back.

     
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  • Jason Brown competes Thursday in the men's short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

    Highland Park's Jason Brown sixth after short programFeb 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Highland Park resident Jason Brown sits in sixth place after the men's short program in Sochi today. He scored 86 points. Yuzuru Hanyu leads heading into Friday night's final with 101.45 points. Brown is less than a point out of third place.

     
  • NCAA proposes change to targeting ruleFeb 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    The NCAA football rules committee has proposed a change to the targeting rule that would eliminate the 15-yard penalty when instant replay officials overturn an ejection. Last year, when a targeting penalty was called, the 15-yard penalty stood even if the replay official determined the player should be allowed to stay in the game.

     
  • Highland Park residents and fans turn out Wednesday for the unveiling of a 10-foot ice sculpture depicting Olympic figure skater Jason Brown in the city's Port Clinton Square. Brown has won a bronze medal and is hoping for more this weekend when he skates in the individual events.

    Olympic figure skater Jason Brown honored with 10-foot ice sculptureFeb 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Highland Park residents and fans chanted “Go Jason! Go!” Wednesday before officials unveiled a 10-foot-tall ice sculpture of U.S. Olympic skater Jason Brown in Port Clinton Square.

     
  • Jason Brown of the United States competes in the men’s team free skate figure skating competition Sunday.

    Jason Brown hopes to skate in 2 more OlympicsFeb 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Highland Park teen Jason Brown wants to skate in two more Olympics. The fan favorite qualified for the Sochi Games a few weeks after his 19th birthday. He hopes to repeat the accomplishments of fellow Illinoisan Evan Lysacek, who gained valuable experience in finishing fourth in 2006 at age 20.

     
  • Gracie Gold trains at Center Ice of DuPage in Glen Ellyn in February 2012 as one of her coaches, Oleg Epstein, looks on.

    Suburban rinks, coaches polished Gracie Gold Feb 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Gracie Gold, chasing an Olympic medal in figure skating to match her name, made her mark at suburban rinks for her jumps, her smiles and her dog, Yoshi. The 18-year-old U.S. national champion skated at area rinks for about five years. And while the music, glittery costumes and crowds make elite ice skating one of the most glamorous sports, getting to this level means spending a lot of time at the same rinks where three-year-olds stagger across the ice.

     
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