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Adam Rippon

2018 Winter Olympic Games - Season 2018
Figure Skating USA

Adam Rippon

Adam Rippon
  • Birth date 11/11/1989
  • Birthplace Scranton, PA, Pennsylvania
  • Hometown Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
  • Residence Los Angeles, CA, California
  • Height/Weight 5'6"/ 145 lbs

Biography

Adam Rippon calls himself a late bloomer looks to make his first Olympic in 2018 team after being a contender for the past two Olympic cycles. Early in his career, Rippon made his mark on the sport by becoming the first junior man to win back-to-back world junior titles in 2008 and 2009. The following year, he looked to make the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but finished fifth at the qualifying event and was named as an alternate instead.

Rippon’s next major highlight was winning a silver medal at the 2012 U.S. Championships, coupled with a move to California to train with Rafael Arutunian. Best friend Ashley Wagner and rival Nathan Chen became some of his training mates.

At the 2014 U.S. Championships, the qualifying event for the Sochi Olympics, Rippon was again part of the conversation. He called the event “the worst competitive experience of my life,” and finished in a career-low eighth place. He channeled his thoughts of quitting the sport into a new aspect of figure skating: choreography. He created programs for Wagner and 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu to help spark his love for the sport again.

Rippon surged in the sport for the next two years, winning another silver at nationals in 2015 and finally winning a national title in 2016. He told NBC’s Andrea Joyce in a post-competition interview that people shouldn’t write him off because of his age: “I’m like a witch, and you can’t kill me! I keep coming back every year, and every year I get better.”

The pre-Olympic season started strong for Rippon, he competed in one event on the Challenger Series and two Grand Prix events. He qualified for the exclusive Grand Prix Final and finished sixth. He looked strong heading into the 2017 Nationals, but broke his foot and was off the ice for a few months. He says that his first thought after injuring himself was, “this is my story. I will be at the Olympics.”

It worked, too. Rippon earned a bronze medal at his season opener in Finland and then captured silver medals at his two Grand Prix assignments in Japan and the U.S. He qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where he placed fifth. Then, he placed fourth at the U.S. Nationals; his body of work the past season was strong enough to place him on the 2018 Olympic team.
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Getting to know Adam Rippon

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Oldest of six children

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Born nearly deaf, but a surgery before he turned 1 year old corrected his hearing

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Formerly trained with Yuna Kim, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist

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