Lysacek won the 2010 Olympics with two clean programs but no quad. That seems unlikely for 2014 because the value of quads has been increased by about 5 percent, and there is more emphasis than ever on the jumps.
Of course, it also seemed unlikely when Lysacek did it, but only one of the top 12 finishers in the Olympic free skate — silver medalist Evgeny Plushenko — landed a quad without a negative grade of execution.
"I know my peak and best (Olympic) chance will be in four years, but I'm not putting Sochi out of my mind," Brown said. "It's possible I could make the top two if I skate my best at nationals."
Grand Prix series
What: Skate America in Detroit, first of six events in the series, with top performers qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.
When: Friday, men's short program, short dance; Saturday, pairs and women's short programs; men's and dance finals; Sunday, pairs and women's finals.
TV: 3 p.m. Sunday, WMAQ-Ch. 5.
Skaters to watch: Reigning world champions Meryl Davis-Charlie White of the U.S. (dance) and Tatiana Volosozhar–Maxim Trankov of Russia (pairs); reigning Olympic silver medalist Mao Asada of Japan and reigning U.S. champion Ashley Wagner (women's singles); reigning Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan and reigning U.S. champion Max Aaron (men's singles).