C.J.: An in-depth examination of effusive Olympic skater Jason Brown's ponytail

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 17, 2014 - 4:36 PM

Jason Brown, 2014 U.S. men’s figure skating silver medalist and 2014 Olympic Team bronze medalist, may have picked the winner of “Dancing With The Stars.”

Two of Brown’s Olympic teammates, ice-dancing gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis, have been among the best dancers on Season 18 of the ABC show, which concludes Tuesday. And the one Brown thinks will win is still in it.

Brown stood up and danced around for an interview during his recent stop here for “Stars on Ice” at St. Paul’s X. The Olympian who skate-danced “Riverdance” was an ebullient, dancing, ponytailed joy during my startribune.com/video. And speaking of his ponytail, I forgot to shoot a close-up of this famous feature so prominently discussed in our Q&A!


Q: Does your ponytail have its own Twitter account?

A: It does! I don’t know who made it but it’s there.


Q: Are they writing funny stuff or should you ghostwrite it?

A: I think it’s so funny. I’ve read some of them and I, like, CRACK up. I’ve actually had, like, conversations with my ponytail. Which, like, sounds ridiculous, but it’s so funny. It’s a great Twitter account [@2014PonyPower].


Q: What is the most odd question you’ve been asked about your ponytail?

A: I think the fact that people are asking if it has a Twitter account. It’s not odd to me anymore but at the beginning it was just so funny. Who’d have thought?


Q: Weren’t you pressured to cut it off at one time?

A: Yes! I’ve thought I was going to cut it off so many times. The past three years, every year began with, ‘Should I cut it? Should I keep it? Should I cut it?’ Now it’s here to stay at least for the next two years. I’m not doing anything to this ponytail.


Q: You cannot be as happy as you seem, always smiling. Does your mom say you were a happy baby?

A: YES! I’ve always been really happy. I love what I do and I think that’s why I’m so happy. And I get to be here, get to be in “Stars on Ice” and with all my role models and so many friends. Doing what I love to do is why I’m so happy.

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