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2/6/2014 1:26:00 PM
Family follows Illinois skater to Olympics

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — The parents and extended family of suburban Chicago figure skater Jason Brown are used to traveling as a pack to cheer him on at international competitions.

Following him to his first Olympics, though, is a whole new level of excitement.

“We’re still just so in shock,” said his mother, Marla Brown. “It’s hard to believe we’re really going to the Olympics to watch our son compete and represent our country.”

The 19-year-old from Highland Park will skate in individual and team events in Sochi and be eligible for two medals.

Whether he wins, though, doesn’t matter to his parents.

“He’s already won because he’s going,” his father, Steve Brown, told the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald.

Also traveling to Russia are the skater’s siblings, grandparents, aunts and other relatives.

Cousin Lisa Malvin said the family is “freaking out” and “pretty excited about it.”

Steve Brown said it still seems unreal.

“I think when we’re sitting at that opening ceremony, watching with our binoculars, watching him walk in, (that’s when) it’ll sink in,” he said.

For those back home who can’t make it to Russia, the Centennial Ice Arena in Highland Park will host a viewing party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 14.

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Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com


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