Artist. Athlete. Activist.
Adam Rippon is a combination of all three. One of the most dramatic figure skaters in the world, Adam can now add the term Olympian to his credit, too.
Adam is headed to PyeongChang, South Korea, to compete in his first Olympic Winter Games. He hopes not only to bring his skating talent, but also his unique sense of style and fashion and a special voice as one of America’s first openly gay Olympians.
Known for his changing looks—all of them on point—he has become one of skating’s leading men. Whether it’s his dazzling costume or his megawatt smile, he connects with people on and off the ice. Adam has garnered nine medals in the international circuit over the last four years and claimed the 2016 U.S. men’s championship title.
He missed the 2017 U.S. Championships with a broken foot, but captured two silver medals in the ISU’s Grand Prix in the fall. Adam went on to place fourth at the 2018 U.S. Championships and was named to the U.S, Olympic Team.
Adam has brought his artistry and keen eye to his fellow skaters. For years, he shared ideas for music and themes, and in recent years has choreographed programs for skaters such as Mirai Nagasu and Ashley Wagner.
The oldest of six children from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Adam got a relatively late start as a skater at the age of 10. But once he started skating, he never wanted to stop. He rose through the skating ranks, claiming the world junior title twice and appeared to be on track to make the Olympic Team in 2014. A disappointing eighth-place finish at nationals that year, however, kept him off the team.
He contemplated retiring from competitive skating but made a strong return and claimed the silver medal at the U.S. Championships in 2015. The following year, he earned his first U.S. men’s championship. At the age of 28, he was named to the U.S. Olympic Team.
Adam also made the bold decision to come out publicly in October 2015 in an interview with SKATING magazine. Leading up to the 2018 Olympics, he has become a sought-after interview to discuss his role as an openly gay athlete.
Adam has brought his charisma and showmanship to the Stars on Ice tour and is looking forward to performing in front of audiences across the nation following the Olympic Games.
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