52 Facts About Adam Rippon


Adam Richard Rippon was born on November 11,1989 and is an American figure skater.


Adam Rippon won the 2010 Four Continents Championships and the 2016 US National Championships.


At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Adam Rippon won a bronze medal as part of the figure skating team event.


Adam Rippon announced his retirement from competitive figure skating in November 2018.


Adam Rippon was included in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2018.


Adam Rippon was born on November 11,1989, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the first child in his family of six children.


Adam Rippon attended an elementary Catholic school called "Our Lady of Peace".


Adam Rippon started to skate when he was ten years old; his mother skated and brought him along to the rink.


Adam Rippon was coached by Yelena Sergeeva from 2000 to 2007.


Adam Rippon placed 6th on the junior level at the 2007 US Championships.


Adam Rippon then won the silver medal at the Sofia Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria.


At that event, Adam Rippon won the gold medal, and became the first man to break 200 points at a Junior level competition.


Adam Rippon went on to the 2008 US Championships, where he won the Junior title.


The Professional Skaters Association recognized Adam Rippon as having the best men's free skate at the National Championships and was awarded the EDI Award.


Adam Rippon earned a trip to the 2008 Junior Worlds, where he won the gold medal after finishing first in both segments.


Adam Rippon officially announced his coaching change on January 2,2009.


Adam Rippon was named to the team for the 2009 Junior World Championships.


Adam Rippon won the competition, scoring 222.00 points and becoming the first single skater to win two World Junior titles.


Adam Rippon sprained his ankle during the summer and missed some training time.


At the 2010 US Championships, Adam Rippon finished 5th overall after ranking 4th in both segments.


Adam Rippon had a fall on his step sequence in the short program.


Adam Rippon was included in the US team to Worlds after other skaters withdrew; he placed 7th in the short program, 5th in the free skate, and 6th overall.


Adam Rippon began his season at the Japan Open, where he finished ahead of Daisuke Takahashi and Evgeni Plushenko.


At the 2010 Skate America, Adam Rippon placed third in the short program, 7th in the free skate, and 4th overall.


At the 2011 US Championships, Adam Rippon finished 5th and was assigned to the 2011 Four Continents Championships, where he had the same result.


On June 16,2011, Adam Rippon announced he was leaving Canada and returning to train in the US at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, home of his DSC-based choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo and began training under the charge of Jason Dungjen.


Adam Rippon opened the season with a 4th-place finish at Skate Canada.


Adam Rippon won the silver medal at the 2012 US Championships.


Adam Rippon finished 4th at Four Continents and 13th at Worlds.


In September 2012, Adam Rippon announced a coaching change, moving to train with Rafael Arutyunyan in Lake Arrowhead, California.


Adam Rippon was assigned to the 2013 Four Continents but withdrew after sustaining an ankle injury on February 2,2013.


In October 2013, Adam Rippon competed at the 2013 Skate America.


Adam Rippon included a quad Lutz in both his short and long programs.


Adam Rippon set personal bests in both segments, capturing the silver medal and finishing as the top American over Max Aaron and Jason Brown.


Adam Rippon landed a quad toe loop in both segments and finished fourth overall.


In October 2014, Adam Rippon competed at the 2014 CS Finlandia Trophy finishing first in the free program and second overall.


Adam Rippon adjusted his blade brand and mount, took on a new trainer to work with his team and met with renewed consistency at US Championships, landing effortless triple Axels and including a quad Lutz in his short and long programs.


Adam Rippon went on to win the free skate portion of the competition and finished second overall with the silver medal.


Adam Rippon was assigned to both the Four Continents team and the Worlds team.


Adam Rippon placed sixth at the 2016 World Championships in Boston with a program to a medley of Beatles tunes.


At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Adam Rippon won a bronze medal in the figure skating team event as part of the US team, which made him the United States' first openly gay male athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.


On November 19,2018, Adam Rippon announced his retirement from competitive figure skating.


Adam Rippon's signature move is a triple Lutz that he executes with both arms above his head, colloquially dubbed the "Adam Rippon Lutz".


On October 2,2015, Adam Rippon publicly came out as gay.


At the Time 100 Gala in April 2019, Adam Rippon honored his mother, a single parent, for her inspiration and dedication to his success.


Adam Rippon reminded people that success is not overnight: It requires dedication and the support of others.


In 2019, Adam Rippon appeared in Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" music video, which won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.


In February 2018, Adam Rippon raised concerns about then-Vice President Mike Pence being chosen to lead the US delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony because of Pence's support of legislation and policies deemed hostile to gay people.


Adam Rippon endorsed and campaigned for Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries.


In 2020, Adam Rippon made a donation to The Okra Project, a charity aimed at helping underprivileged black transgender people.


Adam Rippon criticized Yagudin for the comments and made another $1,000 donation, this time in Yagudin's name, to the same organization.


In 2022, Adam Rippon criticized the International Olympic Committee for selecting Beijing as the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics.