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Brown files petition for spot on U.S. world team

Ade believes world ranking, international experience play in skater's favor
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Jason Brown is hopeful that he gets the chance to compete at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships. -Getty Images

U.S. champion Jason Brown, who withdrew from the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships with a back strain, has filed a petition to be considered for a spot on the U.S. world team.

The skater's coach, Kori Ade, said the petition is based on her belief that the skater can be healthy and trained by the time the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships are held in Boston, Massachusetts, March 28-April 3.

"I think Jason will be well enough, and I think he will be well trained by then. We have two months," Ade said. "He will be back on the ice next week, so if all goes well and he continues to progress without pain, I don't see why he can't be ready for worlds."

U.S. Figure Skating confirmed receipt of Brown's petition. It will be considered Sunday evening when the U.S. Figure Skating International Committee convenes to select the world, world junior and Four Continents teams. The meeting will take place following the conclusion of the men's free skate in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Ade is at the event coaching Mariah Bell, Ben Jalovick and others.

Brown placed fourth at the 2015 World Championships. That finish, combined with Adam Rippon's eighth-place showing, qualified three men's spots for the U.S. in Boston.

"Part of our petition stated that Jason is the reason we have three spots," Ade said. "He's got the world ranking, he's got the international experience, and I just want to give him the best shot for being nominated for that third spot on the world team, so we filed a petition last night."

Brown, who also withdrew from the NHK Trophy in late November, has been off the ice for three weeks. Ade expects him to return in a week. In the interim, he has been working with physical therapists at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs.

"I got a video this morning from him on an AlterG (anti-gravity) treadmill, and he was moving," Ade said. "We have a couple of benchmarks we are looking for, in order for him to go full throttle in training.

"People who know me know I will not make an emotionally charged decision," Ade continued. "I will look after his interests long term, keeping in mind we want to be healthy for the 2018 Olympic season."

Ade dismissed any suggestion that Brown would compete at the 2016 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, to be held in Chinese Taipei, Feb. 16-21.

"We would not want to push that," she said.

When selecting the world team, the International Committee considers placements at a series of events, including the U.S. championships, most recent Grand Prix Final, 2015 World Championships and other recent international competitions. If Brown is nominated, his training progress will be monitored by U.S. Figure Skating officials to ensure his fitness for worlds.

"The petition states we will comply with any monitoring dates U.S. Figure Skating chooses," Ade said. "I think USFS trusts me to do what's right for both my athlete and the country."