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Brown heads to Toronto to train under Orser

2015 U.S. champ parts ways with coach Ade after nearly 20 years together
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Jason Brown joins a crowded rink at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, which is also the training home of Yuzuru Hanyu, Evgenia Medvedeva and Boyang Jin. -Getty Images

Former U.S. champion Jason Brown announced Monday that starting this summer he will be coached by Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.

Prior to this move, Brown had known only one coach in his career: Kori Ade, with whom he moved from the Chicago area to Monument, Colorado. in 2013. Under Ade's tutelage, Brown won the 2015 U.S. title, made the 2014 Olympic team and achieved a career-best finish of fourth at the world championships in 2015.

"Words can't ever fully capture the love and appreciation that I feel toward Kori and her team and all that we accomplished together," Brown said. "Kori has and will continue to be a major influence on me as a skater and a person."

Brown joins an already crowded rink in Toronto. In addition to two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, the Cricket Club is home to two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia, two-time world bronze medalist Boyang Jin of China and Junhwan Cha of Korea, among others. Medvedeva announced her move to Orser earlier this month, while Jin's decision to relocate to Toronto just became public within the last 24 hours.

Brown started out his 2017-18 season strong, winning the silver at Skate Canada and placing fourth at the NHK Trophy, results that qualified him for his first Grand Prix Final. However, he faltered at the 2018 U.S. Championships in January, when his sixth-place finish caused him to be left off the Olympic team. He rebounded later that month by collecting the bronze at the Four Continents Championships, finishing behind only Jin and eventual Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno.

"It's time for me to take the next step," Brown said. "I'm excited about my future with Brian, Tracy and their incredible team of coaches. I'm eager to continue growing in the sport that I love."