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    Oona Brown & Gage Brown

    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. The Brown's home town is Middle Island, NY, but they train in Hackensack, NJ.

    Their GoFundMe page is here. They created it between the RD and FD at their JGP debut.
    https://www.gofundme.com/oona-gage-ca

    Please consider donating. They are very special.

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

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

    Social Media

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


    Update October 2019


    Personal Bests

    Personal Best Total Score 146.15
    ISU JGP Egna-Neumarkt 2019
    Personal Best Score Rhythm Dance 55.48
    ISU JGP Armenian Cup 2018
    Personal Best Score Free Dance 91.34
    ISU JGP Egna-Neumarkt 2019


    Programs

    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

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

    Competition PD1 PD2 RD FD Final
    Season 2019-2020
    2019 JGP Egna-Neumarkt
    ​8 (54.81) 2 (91.34) 5 (146.15)
    2019 JGP Chelyabinsk 8 (52.45) 6 (88.88) 7 (141.33)
    2019 Lake Placid International Ice Dance 5 (53.66) 4 (79.30) 4 (132.96)
    2019 Chesapeake Open 2 (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 Yerevan 6 (55.48) 9 (78.350 8 (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)
    2018 US Novice Championships 6 (22.50) 7 (18.43) - 3 (65.55) 5 (106.48)
    2018 Lake Placid Ice Dance (Novice) 3 4 total PD (39.83) 6 (47.92) Not scored
    Season 2016-2017
    2017 US Intermediate Championships 7 (18.20) 9 (16.72) 12 (31.51) 12 (66.43)



    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


    June 2019 - ice-dance.com interview
    https://www.ice-dance.com/site/sibli...wn-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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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    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?

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    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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    http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00012565.htm
    As to their coach, here he is. He skated for Mexico with Corenne Bruhns.; coached by Matthew Gates.

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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.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunn1ly View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by brushalley View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirals for Miles View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowWhite View Post
    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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