Young Americans skate into spotlight

Updated: October 18, 2013, 11:48 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | espnW.com

DETROIT – He called it "mental instability," a phrase he made up on the spot Friday night because Max Aaron wasn't sure how else to explain it. But while Aaron was dealing with the pressures that come with quadruple jumps and Olympic expectations and suddenly playing the role of U.S. frontrunner, Jason Brown demonstrated the exuberance of youth.

Two weeks ago, the 18-year-old Brown, who has attempted a quad only in practice, found out he would be replacing Olympic defending ...

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