Former X Games competitor Jason Brown dies at age 46
Jason Brown, former X Games BMX Flatland competitor and GT Freestyle team veteran, died on Thursday at age 46. Brown originally hailed from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and competed in the X Games during the initial push to include BMX flatland. In 1998, Brown finished in fifth place, followed by eighth place in 1999.
"Rest in Peace Jason Brown," said BMX flatland rider and fellow X Games competitor Viki Gomez. "I was so lucky to meet you in 1999 in Madrid and Portimao! Awesome rider and awesome person who showed respect for me when I was just 18 years old. You are a flatland god for all of us riders!"
Outside of X Games competition, Jason Brown was a top flatland competitor on the worldwide competition circuit, consistently earning top five finishes in X Trials, the B3 Series and the Worlds, alongside a string of influential Canadian BMX flatland riders that included Steve Roy, Andrew Faris, Dan Rigby, Cory Stratychuk, Travis Collier and more.
Brown also created a series of BMX flatland videos that showcased the Canadian flatland scene, dubbed "Canadians Eh!" and followed up with four editions that documented the greater BMX scene unfolding around him in Canada. Brown additionally appeared in flatland videos of the time from series such as "Infection," "Allied" and "Highrollers."
Brown was sponsored by Ron Wilkerson's 2-Hip Bikes brand, followed by GT Bicycles and Redline Bicycles. His riding was powerful, eclectic and beyond smooth, and he had the capabilities to shift from innovative rolling techniques to quick and concentrated front wheel combinations that often left fans rewinding the VHS cassette to comprehend what they had just saw.
In 1999, Brown entered the King of Ground competition in Japan and placed first. It was his final BMX competition. In later years, Brown had faded from the BMX scene but continued to ride mountain bikes.