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Jason Brown, Olympic Figure Skater, On His First TV Interview: 'This Isn't Real Life!?' (VIDEO)

A year ago, Chicago-area figure skater Jason Brown was ranked the ninth-best figure skater in the nation, mired in the middle of the pack of elite male athletes gunning for next month's Sochi Olympics.

Flash forward a year and the 19-year-old Highland Park, Ill. native is a viral sensation preparing to head to his first Olympic Games.

"Honestly, I have no idea what's going on," Brown told WGN. "It's so crazy. … I can't even believe where it got me and where I ended up and that I'm leaving in three weeks to go to Russia. I can't even get my mind wrapped around that."

Brown went on to express shock that the video of his silver medal-winning free skate had gotten 800,000 views on YouTube -- it's now 1.5 million as of Thursday afternoon -- before, literally, letting his trademark shaggy hair down.

The segment apparently marked Brown's first-ever TV news interview.

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