SOCHI, Russia Jason Brown still can't believe his newfound status as a YouTube sensation.

The video of Brown's free skate from the U.S. championships, which earned him a spot on the Sochi team, has been viewed more than 3.5 million times on YouTube. Those are whopping numbers for any figure skater, let alone someone who isn't a household name.

My highest ever is, like, 8,000. And I freak out, like, at that, Brown said Friday.

Brown's Riverdance program is pretty cool. He's one of the rare skaters can blend art and athleticism without the seams showing, and in one segment of his footwork he actually looked as if he was doing a jig on the ice.

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The program has clearly -- resonated with fans and non-fans alike, and Brown said that means even more to him than the number of hits.

I just love to perform and I love going out there and performing for the crowd, he said. You work so hard every day at a rink with no audience and you train the programs countless of hours. For me, when I get out onto the ice, all I want to do is showcase my work.

Still, he never expected this kind of response.

In fact, when Brown's younger brother, Dylan, told him about the frenzy he was causing, Brown didn't believe him. Dylan Brown called his brother a few hours after his free skate to tell him the video had already been viewed 100,000 times.

I was like `Ha ha ha' ... you're watching the wrong person, Brown said.

But the numbers have just kept climbing.

It was definitely exciting to see it grow, he said. It's definitely something that's so surreal, and means so much to me that people got invested in watching.

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