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Highland Park Proud Of Olympian Jason Brown

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Jason Brown of the United States competes during the Figure Skating Men's Free Skating on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Jason Brown of the United States competes during the Figure Skating Men’s Free Skating on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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(CBS) – It was good news-bad news Friday for Jason Brown of Highland Park on Friday as he competed in the men’s figure skating at the Olympics.

He had the best finish among Americans, coming in ninth place. But it was not good enough for a medal.

That’s been a familiar story for a lot of the big U.S. names this year.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

We now know that Jason Brown won’t bring home an individual Medal from Sochi. But at Highland Park, where crowds gathered to watch the hometown figure skater, they’re still bursting with pride.

“Bravo to Jason. He carried it through,” Mary Seyfarth said.

An Olympic gold may have eluded the newcomer, but fans note he’s in good company.

Former Evanstonian Shani Davis, hoping to claim a third gold medal in speed skating, came up short in the 1,000.

Shaun White, meanwhile, crashed during the half-pipe final event and finished fourth. Another American hopeful — winner of gold in Vancouver — skied to a disappointing sixth place at Sochi.

We’re also missing a few Olympic stars, among them downhill champion Lindsay Vonn, who’s out with an injured knee, and Naperville figure skater Evan Lysacek, who took home the Gold in 2010. He’s sitting out Sochi with an injury to his hip.

As you might expect, Highland Park officials plan to honor Jason Brown when he returns home.

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