2018 Olympics News


TWITTER UPDATE BY ADAM (10:20 PM 18 Feb 2018 in Korea):

I am flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent for them here in PyeongChang. Doing this would require me to leave Team USA and move out of the Olympic Village. I don’t want to do that so I had to decline the opportunity.
I love being on Team USA and representing our country. My teammates were there for me during my events, and now I NEED to be there for them. I look forward to being with them, and I’m very excited for the rest of the competition. Go Team USA!!!
I actually found everything out about the offer via twitter HAHA 😂😂 2018 is wild girl

SKATING UPDATE (Saturday afternoon, February 17, in Korea): Adam finished 10th in the free skating segment (171.41) and 10th overall (259.36). He landed all 8 of his planned triple jumps, including both triple Axels (his only deduction came on a downgraded double loop at the end of the 3-jump combination) and both triple-triple combinations. He received all level 4s on his spins and footwork and skated with freedom and heartfelt expression to his music throughout. Afterwards, he was quoted as saying:
“My skate in the team event was for my teammates. This skate in the individual event, it was for me. I’ve had a really long career with a lot of ups and downs. To come away from these Olympic Games, to skate three clean programs in the midst of what seems like a lot going on, a top 10 finish in the individual event, and a [team] bronze medal? It’s been a dream Olympic Games for me.”
Adam was interviewed by NBC Olympics’ Nick McCarvel after his free skate [click here to watch] and also spoke to another reporter, thanking NE Pennsylvania for supporting him [click here to watch].
NOTEWORTHY TWEET – Billie Jean King: “Athleticism, artistry, and a Heart of Gold. @Adaripp, your positivity and your light shine through in all you do. And this is just the beginning. #WinterOlympics”
Later that night (Saturday morning in U.S.), Adam made an appearance on The Today Show and bantered with Savannah Guthrie & Co. and also participated in a cooking segment with Chef Austin Kang (2 videos are linked below).
Today Show VIDEO #1: Adam Rippon had more fun at Olympics than anyone on planet
Today Show VIDEO #2: See figure skater Adam Rippon try Korean fried chicken

PHOTOS: [click here to view Getty Images of Adam at the Olympics]

Skater Adam Rippon Exults After a Bronze-Medal-Worthy Olympic Turn: ‘My Life Has Changed Forever’ (People)
‘America’s sweetheart’ Rippon has his Olympic moment (Reuters)
‘Fierce’ Pennsylvania native Adam Rippon takes final skate, leaves mark on 2018 Winter Olympics (PennLive via Associated Press)
Adam Rippon as Olympic run ends: ‘I want to show everyone you can be yourself’ (USA Today)
Mission accomplished, Adam Rippon is off to have a stiff drink (Yahoo! Sports)
Celebrities, Athletes React to Adam Rippon’s Free Program (Sports Illustrated)
‘He’s the Winner of the Olympics.’ Adam Rippon Stole Everyone’s Hearts During the Olympics (Time)
Adam Rippon Looks Back on His “Dream Olympic Games” (Vanity Fair)
The Pride Flag Waves at the Olympics for Adam Rippon (Wall Street Journal)
Adam Rippon Closes Olympic Performance With Flawless Flourish (The Advocate)
Gay athletes use their platform at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games (Los Angeles Times)
Adam Rippon, John Curry and figure skating’s complex history with gay athletes (The Guardian)
Chen, Rippon close PyeongChang Olympics with redemption, serenity (NBC Olympics)
Miracles on Ice: Nathan Chen & Adam Rippon Miss the Podium, But Make Olympic History (The Daily Beast)
Deirdre’s Diary: Adam Rippon is ‘winning’ the Olympics (KCRA 3/NBC)
This charming Olympian Adam Rippon deserves another medal (The Guardian)
Rippon’s journey about more than a medal (Scranton Times-Tribune)
Sally Field Wants Adam Rippon To Date Her Son (Vogue)
Olympian Adam Rippon Is Hoping to Inspire LGBTQ Youth: “I Like Being a Role Model” (Life & Style)

When the 2018 Olympics finally conclude on Sunday, Feb. 25, Adam — the first openly gay man to ever qualify for the Winter Games as a Team USA competitor — is looking forward to using his newfound platform to advocate for the LGBTQ community.
“You know, I read that Aly [Raisman] once said, ‘It’s not what you do at the Olympics that matters. It’s what you do after.’ And to see what she’s doing now in her fight against sexual abuse, she’s made her gymnastics so much more than just that. She’s a voice. She’s a maker of change. I want to be the same thing,” Adam told Life & Style. “In a day and age where I can be out and myself and be open and competing for the United States at the Olympics, it’s huge because I’ll be marching alongside countries where they don’t have good track records on LGBTQ rights or they don’t view LGBTQ citizens as equals.” He added, “I want to get more involved in activism. I feel like when you’re helping other people, it gives you a lot of personal and inner strength. So I hope that me sharing my story can help a lot of people. After this, I would really like to channel that into making a difference.”[Source: Life & Style/Feb. 15)]

FEATURE ARTICLE (before free skate): How Adam Rippon Found His Voice and Became America’s New Winter Olympics Star (Time / February 16)
NOTEWORTHY TWEET: Britney Spears just tweeted at Adam Rippon, and this is officially the best Olympics ever (HelloGiggles / February 16)

UPDATE: Adam is in 7th place (87.95) after the Short Program segment. He landed all of his jumps (triple flip-triple toe loop combination, triple Axel and triple Lutz), with all level 4 spins and footwork.
WATCH his full Short Program: Adam Rippon turns Olympic ice into his dance floor (NBC Olympics; needs cable authentication in U.S. to view)
USA’s Adam Rippon delights crowd in individual figure skating at 2018 Winter Olympics (USA Today column by Martin Rogers)
Adam Rippon shows no signs of slowing down – on or off the ice (Yahoo! Sports column by Dan Wetzel)
Excerpt from the L.A. Times article by Helene Elliott:

Rippon, skating in his first Olympics at age 28, acquitted himself well with a program that included no quads but was smoothly skated and was a fine followup to the strong contribution he’d made to the Americans’ bronze medal in the team event. “I’m so happy with what I was able to do. I’m so prepared for this moment and for me to be able to go out there and deliver on what I wanted to do, I’m so happy. I’m so proud,” said Rippon, who also trains at Lakewood Ice. “I want to show the world what I’m made of and I want to show the world why I fell in love with skating.”
“Right now the name of the game is as many quads as possible. And I don’t have any,” he said. “So my most important thing at this competition was to deliver in the team skate and get a bronze medal for the United States. I was able to do that and now I’m able to go out in the individual event and show the world that I’m a cut-throat competitor and I’m an awesome skater.”

Perspective | ‘I can’t tone it down’: Olympic skater Adam Rippon speaks out for young LGBT Americans (Washington Post)
Figure skater Adam Rippon gives LGBTQ community athlete they can relate to (USA Today)
Adam Rippon ‘So Happy’ With Another Trending Olympic Performance: ‘Haters Are Just Fans in Denial’ (People)
Adam Rippon Enchants Fans With Spellbinding Individual Figure Skate (Time)
Adam Rippon Isn’t Quite The Best, But He Is The Most Fun (Deadspin)
What was the craziest line of Adam Rippon’s crazy interview? (Yahoo! Sports)
The Secret Behind Adam Rippon’s Olympic Abs (New York Times)
Adam Rippon on his Winter Olympics [SP] costume: ‘I am essentially completely naked’ (USA Today)
A credible voice, a painful agony (Newsday)
An ode to Adam Rippon’s eyebrows (SB Nation)
VIDEO: Adam Rippon’s Best Olympic Quotes! (Access Online)

WATCH his Team Event Free Skate (Feb. 12th in Korea): Adam Rippon helps U.S. win bronze in Olympic debut (NBC Olympics; needs cable authentication in U.S. to view)

NEWS before his Short Program:
Behind Adam Rippon’s charm is a man on a skating mission (ESPN / February 15) [includes clips from his Tuesday Feb. 13 presser]
Adam Rippon: ‘Baby, right now I am living my very best life’ (Yahoo! News / February 15)
Olympic Trailblazer Adam Rippon Is Ready for His Voice to Be Heard (Bleacher Report / February 15)
At 28, Olympian Adam Rippon pursues an old dream (Philadelphia Daily News / February 15)
AUDIO: Richard Lawson speaks about his Feb. 12th Vanity Fair piece that went viral [link to his essay: The Bittersweet Beauty of Adam Rippon] (NPR’s All Things Considered / February 15)
Ice Queens: Seeing bold queer excellence on the Olympic ice is a major shift for both sports culture and the broader fight against homophobia (Slate / February 15)
Adam Rippon is allowing America to love a (really) gay athlete (Outsports / February 15)
About Adam Rippon: How the unabashedly gay rookie Olympian became a media darling (Kansas City Star / February 15)
Adam Rippon’s Costume Designer Tells All (Slate / February 15)
Adam Rippon’s Crystal-Covered Costumes Give Rihanna’s Naked Dress A Run for Its Money (Hollywood Reporter / February 15)
Adam Rippon’s One Technique For Staying Calm Under Pressure (Bon Appetit / February 15)
VIDEO: How figure skaters choose their music, explained with Adam Rippon (Vox on YouTube / February 15)
Adam Rippon’s One Technique For Staying Calm Under Pressure (Bon Appetit / February 15)
12 reasons Olympic skater Adam Rippon is Pa. proud (PennLive / February 15)
Here’s Where Adam Rippon Gets Those ‘Slutty,’ Sparkly Costumes (Racked / February 14)
Thrills and Spills – A Figure Skating lesson with Olympian Adam Rippon (Yahoo Sports! / Feb. 14)
What Life is Like in Figure Skating BFFs Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon’s Olympic Village Apartment (Cosmopolitan / Feb. 14)
Does Adam Rippon Have Snapchat? There Are Plenty Of Ways To Keep Up With The Skater Online (Bustle / Feb. 14)
Adam Rippon Is the Valentine We Need Right Now (DAME / Feb. 14)
Adam Rippon wishes you a Happy Valentine’s Day (NBC Olympics / Feb. 14)

ADAM’S QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I owe this [team bronze] medal to my mom, but more to Reese Witherspoon because she has more Instagram followers.” (Source: NBC Olympics video clip on Twitter)
Adam Rippon on Quiet Starvation in Men’s Figure Skating (New York Times)
As sports — like society — becomes more diverse, stories of human possibility abound at Olympics (Toronto Star)
Winter Olympics a reminder of what really makes America great (USA Today)
Rippon rewarded with bronze medal after long journey to Olympic stage (ABC News)
Olympian Adam Rippon Has a Message for His Haters: ‘I’m a Glamazon Bitch Ready for the Runway’ (People)
Adam Rippon Is Here With Your New Mantra for the Haters (Elle)
Adam Rippon’s Perfect Response to Haters: “I’m a Glamazon B*tch” (PopSugar)
Game Developer Adam Rippon Is Having A Good Time Right Now (Kotaku)
Adam Rippon Needs to Host ‘SNL’ Immediately (The Daily Beast)

1992 Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie, who is covering the Olympics for Westwood One Sports, attended the U.S. men’s press conference on Tuesday, February 13 in Pyeongchang and [he tweeted a photo], mentioning that Adam “credits his mom for helping him and his five siblings follow their dreams. He is articulate, using his sense of humor and relatable stories. Even got Olympic Press laughing and giving respect.” Here are video clips & articles based on his presser:
VIDEO: Key soundbites from Adam’s presser (10 mins.) (BSU Olympics)
VIDEO: Here Is Your Daily Dose Of Adam Rippon Being Delightful (Deadspin)
A medalist now too, Adam Rippon embraces role at Olympics (includes video; Associated Press column via Boston Herald)
Adam Rippon appreciates ‘incredibly powerful’ platform of the Olympics (C. Brennan/USA Today)
Adam Rippon talks about rooftop In-N-Out with Mirai Nagasu and becoming America’s sweetheart (Los Angeles Times)
Olympian Adam Rippon Delivers Powerful Message On Being Gay Athlete (NESN)
‘I’m America’s sweetheart’: Adam Rippon won bronze, but he’s a gold-medal talker (Washington Post)
Rippon spreads message of inclusion, acceptance (IceNetwork)
Adam Rippon and Vincent Zhou: Two Olympic figure skaters bound together by two loving moms (includes video; Yahoo! Sports)

Adam and his mom were interviewed by Matt Gutman for ABC’s Nightline (Mirai makes a joint appearance via a Facetime phone call): [click here to watch the video on YouTube] and [click here to watch an extra clip posted on Twitter]
Thanks Mike Pence. You Helped Make Adam Rippon an LGBTQ Olympics Hero [a brilliant skater, and funny, sharp, and politically astute] (Daily Beast)
Olympic Skater Adam Rippon’s Costume Needed Thousands of Crystals (Vogue / February 13)
Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu share a special bond … and matching tattoos [with video] (Yahoo! Sports)
Watch 13-Year-Old Adam Rippon: ‘Still So Far Away’ From Olympics (Video) (The Wrap / February 13)
Olympic Medalist Adam Rippon Gets Big Love For Name Dropping Wine Co. (The Blast)
All eyes on Adam Rippon, a hometown hero in Clarks Summit (Scranton Times-Tribune / February 13)

Adam’s Interview with Amy Robach and an article on feeling like he would ‘throw up’ in Olympic debut (ABC’s Good Morning America)
CLIP tweeted by Gadi Schwartz of NBC: [Adam explains his white ink tattoo]
Adam and his teammates made an appearance on the Today Show after the medal ceremony: [Photo on U.S. Figure Skating’s Instagram] and his agent David Baden shared via his Instagram: [Photo of Adam with his family on the set] and [Photo of Adam & Mirai showing off their medals]
WATCH 45-second clip: NBC’s Jimmy Roberts’ commentary on Adam’s & Mirai’s team event free skates (Olympic Channel)
Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon Assures Viewers That His Butt Is Real (Access Online)
That Time Adam Rippon Sang A Rihanna Song And Then Skated To It (Deadspin)
Adam Rippon’s Childhood Coach Recalls Training Olympics Bronze Medalist in Philadelphia Suburbs (NBC 10 Philadelphia)
Adam Rippon’s Mom Live from South Korea after the medal ceremony (audio) (Rocky & Lissa 98.5 KRZ Radio)
Gay Olympic medalists Radford and Rippon pose for picture and send message: ‘Show the world what we can do’ (USA Today)
WATCH 1-minute clip: 8 members of Team USA are awarded their Olympic bronze medals (NBC Olympics on Twitter)
Clarks Summit’s Adam Rippon helps U.S. to team bronze (Wilkes-Barre PA Times Leader via AP)
Adam Rippon dazzles with performance, wardrobe on ice (USA Today)
Nagasu, Rippon help lead Americans to figure skating bronze (Associated Press)
The Bittersweet Beauty of Adam Rippon (Vanity Fair)
There’s now clarity to Adam Rippon’s big picture, on and off the ice (ESPN)
‘Let the record show Adam Rippon is an Olympian’: Figure skater’s reach extends beyond gay community (Yahoo! Sports)
Out of the closet, onto the Olympic stage: Gus Kenworthy, Adam Rippon embrace authenticity (San Jose Mercury News / February 12)
Welcome To The Adam Rippon Show (Deadspin)
Bronze Medalist Adam Rippon is Winning the Winter Olympics (Slate)
How Adam Rippon Became the Star of the 2018 Winter Olympics (Vanity Fair)
The Internet Is Enchanted With Adam Rippon’s Olympic Debut (Time)
What Adam Rippon Was Thinking During His Olympic Debut (Time)
How Adam Rippon’s Figure Skating Spins Were Captured in This Mesmerizing Photo (Time)
Figure Skater Adam Rippon Jokes About Twitter’s Love for Him After Olympic Debut (People)
Post-skate interview #2: Clip from his chat with Mike Tirico (NBC Olympics)
Post-skate interview #1: Rippon “highly recommends” going to the Olympics, and said that his first skate Sunday was “so special” and worth the wait (NBC Olympics)
Adam’s Family: His mom, brother Brady and sister Dagny celebrate his first Olympic skate (NBC Olympics)
WATCH his Free Skate: Adam Rippon helps U.S. win bronze in Olympic debut (NBC Olympics)
MORE VIDEOS: click here for all of Adam’s NBC Olympics videos (all videos are geo-blocked outside the USA and require authentication to view)

Adam will compete in the Team Event Men’s Free Skate segment on Monday, February 12 at 10 am in Korea (which is 14 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time), live on NBC’s Sunday Primetime show starting at 8 pm ET. Team USA currently is in 3rd place, behind Canada and Russia, and one point ahead of Italy in 4th, heading into the final day of competition (event order is Men’s FS, Ladies’ FS & Free Dance).
VIDEO: Adam chatted with Scott Hamilton and Liam McHugh in the studio of NBCSN’s Olympic Ice show after his Sunday morning February 11th practice in Korea: WATCH his 5-minute interview on NBCOlympics.com here (geo-blocked outside the USA).
VIDEO: Adam Rippon’s top Olympic moments – so far (NBC Olympics / February 11)
VIDEO: Q+A with USA figure skater Adam Rippon (NBC Olympics / February 11)
Adam Rippon posts perfect photo with Maame Biney (USA Today via Adam’s Instagram / February 11)
Adam Rippon Is a Complicated, Outspoken, Unlikely Olympian. He’s Also Gay. (Wall St Journal / February 11)
VIDEO: Adam Rippon Is ‘Special’ on the Ice: Tara and Johnny (NBC / February 10)
American Olympians Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon Make Powerful Statement With Photo of Friendly Kiss [at Opening Ceremony] (Time / February 9)
Adam is preparing to compete in the Team Event Men’s FS on Monday, February 12th in Korea, according to this IceNetwork.com article published on February 8th – his quote:

“I think the free is sort of my secret weapon,” Rippon said. “My game plan is a lot different than a lot of the other guys: It’s get as many points on each element as possible and then sneak in there. … The free is where I make my attack, so I feel I will be most beneficial there.”

(U.S. Figure Skating will confirm all of their FS/FD team event participants on Sunday, February 11.)
Gay skater Rippon open to meeting Pence – after Games (Reuters / February 8)
Skaters Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon took different roads to the Olympics (Washington Post / February 7) – excerpt below:

Rippon, 28, oozed all the excitement that Chen contained. The moment his blades touched the practice rink’s ice Wednesday, Rippon made a point of skating directly to the Olympic rings at the center and gliding over them, soaking up the significance of all it represented.
“I’m at the Olympics!” he gushed to reporters afterward, detailing the thrill of living in the Olympic Village and seeing the Olympic rings from his dorm-room window.
“It’s bomb-dot-com!” Rippon said. “It’s very cool! It’s everything I kind of thought it would be, but it’s so weird to be actually living in it.”
But on the practice ice, he was all business. Wearing a Team USA T-shirt and tights, he went through his short program, which ripples with sass and attitude. His spins were elegant, and his triple jumps exuded confidence.

VIDEO: Adam Rippon’s healing crystals keep him ‘grounded’ (NBC Olympics / February 7)
VIDEO: Chen and Rippon practice on Olympic ice for the first time (NBC Olympics / February 7)
Adam has decided to change his jump layout for his free skate, substituting a double Axel for his opening quad Lutz — his quotes after practice at the Gangneung Ice Arena on January 7 are included [in this news item published on IceNetwork]; PHOTOS from his practice [are published via Getty Images].

2018 Notable News (Pre-Olympics competition)

Adam Rippon’s Mom on His Headline-Making Journey to the Olympics (Good Housekeeping / February 9)
Olympian Adam Rippon Doesn’t Care What Mike Pence (or Anyone Else) Has to Say (GQ / February 9)
To Get to Pyeongchang, Adam Rippon Had to Stay ‘Delusional’ (Esquire / February 9)
Spirited Skater Adam Rippon Counts Reese Witherspoon Among His Olympic Fans: ‘I Love to Be Different’ (People / February 8)
Figure skater Adam Rippon on coming out: ‘I felt myself owning who I was’ (Washington Post / February 5)
NEWS: Stars on Ice announced on January 31, 2018 via their Facebook page that Adam will perform on the full 22-U.S. city tour from April 6 to May 20 [click here to read his biography on the SOI website].
Adam’s pre-Olympics media teleconference call took place on January 29, 2018 — an audio recording is posted on IceNetwork [click here to listen] [[read transcribed excerpts here].
Adam Rippon really likes who he is and, by his own admission, maybe sometimes to a fault (them [Condé Nast] / January 29)
With ‘flair for the dramatic,’ Adam Rippon is ready for Olympic spotlight (NBC News / January 28)
Adam Rippon finds himself on and off the ice on the way to the Olympics (Orange County Register / January 20)
Openly Gay Figure Skater Adam Rippon On Making His Olympic Debut At 28 (NPR’s Here & Now / January 17)
Adam Rippon, openly gay, overcomes bullying and self-doubt to earn a spot on the U.S men’s Olympic skating team (Los Angeles Times / January 10)
Foot broken but not his dreams, Adam Rippon chases Olympics (Associated Press / January 5)

MORE ARTICLES (Pre-Olympics)
Still just Adam: Fame, success hasn’t changed Rippon [says his family] (Scranton Times-Tribune / February 11)
Figure Skater Adam Rippon Already Made Olympics History. Here Are 5 Things to Know About Him (TIME / February 8)
Adam Rippon gets sassy (Washington Blade / February 8)
Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon on How Martin Garrix, Coldplay & Queen Helped Him Go For the Gold (Billboard / February 8)
Adam Rippon’s unwavering dedication to making the Olympics pays off in PyeongChang (NBC Olympics / February 5)
Out and Proud, Rippon Heads to PyeongChang (Falls Church News-Press / February 5)
The 30 Sexiest Olympic Athletes Competing at PyeongChang (Harper’s Bazaar / February 3)
Adam Rippon reflects on his journey as he leaves for PyeongChang (NBC Olympics / February 3)
Team USA’s Openly Gay Winter Olympian Adam Rippon Thought He’d Never Be Able To Come Out (Attitude Body Issue / February 1)
Effort to send Rippon contingent to Olympics established (Scranton Times-Tribune / January 30)
Olympian Adam Rippon’s Ripped Bod Is the Result of Hard Work — Inside His Training Regimen (Life & Style Weekly / January 29)
How Olympic skater Adam Rippon recorded a song [“Diamonds”] at Norco College (Riverside Press-Enterprise / January 29)
Topps to feature local Olympians in new set [of trading cards] (Scranton Times-Tribune / January 26)
10 of the Essential Winter Olympics 2018 U.S. Athletes to Follow on Instagram Now (Time / January 25)
Everything You Need To Know About U.S. Olympic Figure Skater Rippon (Thrillist / January 24)
Prepare to Fall in Love With Olympic Figure Skating Powerhouse Adam Rippon (PopSugar Fitness / January 19)
Who is Adam Rippon, the First Openly Gay American Man to Qualify for Winter Olympics? (Newsweek / January 11)
Right Now The Only Thing I Care About Is Olympic Skater Adam Rippon’s Tweets (Buzzfeed / January 10)
Adam Rippon Is U.S.’s First Openly Gay Man To Qualify For Winter Olympics (NPR / January 7)
Adam Rippon Is Real And He’s Spectacular (Deadspin.com / January 6)
14 Things to Know About Adam Rippon, Team USA’s Figure Skating Comeback Kid (Cosmopolitan / January 5)
Haunted By Nationals Past, Adam Rippon Ready To Claim His Destiny (Team USA / January 5)
Olympic dream in sight for an energetic Adam Rippon (L.A. Times / January 4)

FEATURED: gays on ice: olympics edition (ft. Adam Rippon at Lakewood Ice) (Tyler Oakley’s YouTube channel / February 6)
Go inside Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon’s wardrobe (USA Today on YouTube / February 8)
PyeongChang 2018 Profile/Interview: Adam Rippon (CNN / February 8)

Adam Rippon on Being an Openly Gay Athlete
(Cosmopolitan / February 8)
Adam Rippon talks about getting ready for the 2018 Olympics (Daily Mail / February 8)
Adam Rippon Explains Figure Skating With Legos (NBC Olympics / January 31)
“I’m Ready To Show The World What I’ve Got” (NBC Olympics promo clip via Adam’s Instagram / January 28)
Adam Rippon: A Little Trashy, A Little Fun (Associated Press Sports Outtakes on YouTube / January 23)
Did Adam Rippon Really Discover He Was On The Olympic Team Via Text Message? (Access Online / January 17)
Rapid Fire with Adam Rippon (US Weekly / January 11)
Meet Adam Rippon, the first openly gay US Winter Olympian (Buzzfeed News Twitter / January 10)
Team USA is Excited for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games! (Team USA on YouTube / January 8)
Excerpt of Adam’s speech delivered at the Destination PyeongChang Olympic team send off event in San Jose, CA (8-minute video via Allison Scott’s Facebook / January 7)
Milk on Ice! with Adam Rippon and Ashley Wagner: Olympics 2018 (World of Wonder Presents on YouTube / January 2)
Three 2002 Local PA News stories:
Video Vault: 13-year-old Adam Rippon Eyes Olympics (WNEP-TV / uploaded to YT on February 12)
Adam Rippon In 2002 [during Olympics, age 12] When He Tried To Teach Me To Skate (Kirk Clyatt, WBRE/WYOU News / uploaded to YT on February 10)
Dreams Can Come True: Adam Rippon [age 13] – 2002 Flashback (Eyewitness News WBRE/WYOU NE & Central PA / January 15)
Note: This was before he competed in his first Nationals at the Juvenile level in December 2002.

Adam Rippon’s agent says Pence wanted ‘direct conversation’ with skater (USA Today by C. Brennan #3 / February 10)
Mike Pence Tangles With Olympian Adam Rippon Over Gay Rights Record (NY Times / February 9)
Openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon declined chance to speak with Vice President Pence (USA Today by C. Brennan #2 / February 7)
Olympian Adam Rippon has ‘no interest’ in fight with Pence (Associated Press / January 29)
Olympic Contender Adam Rippon: ‘Being Gay Is Part of Who I Am’ (The Advocate / January 24)
How Should Conservatives Respond To Olympic Athlete Adam Rippon’s Criticism Of Pence? (The Daily Wire / January 20)
Olympian Adam Rippon Stands Up to Mike Pence’s Homophobia (The Nation / January 19)
Gay Olympian Adam Rippon blasts selection of Mike Pence to lead U.S. delegation (USA Today by C. Brennan #1 / January 17)

“… I’m a U.S. athlete representing my country. I will continue to share my story, but I will participate in no form of protest. I’m representing myself and my country on the world stage. I have a lot of respect for this opportunity. What makes America great is that we’re all so different. It’s 2018 and being an openly gay man and an athlete, that is part of the face of America now.”

Adam Rippon: Gay US skater says he would not feel welcome at White House (BBC / January 11)



2017 News Archive

ARTICLE: Adam Rippon’s most-quotable quips (NBC Olympics/December 26)
VIDEO: Adam singing and skating to Rihanna’s “Diamonds” at the 2017 ISU Grand Prix Final Exhibition Gala (YouTube/December 9)
ARTICLE: Going for Gold! 12 of the Hottest Athletes to Watch Before the 2018 Winter Olympics (PEOPLE/December 8)
VIDEO: Skate America NBC Interview Clip Post-Free Skate (Instagram/November 25)
ARTICLE: Despite “Cursed Ice,” Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon Win Gold And Silver, Qualify For Grand Prix Final At Skate America (Team USA/November 25)
ARTICLE: Chen, Rippon Set Personal Bests In Skate America Short Program With Eyes On The Olympics (Team USA/November 24)
ARTICLE: Q&A with Adam Rippon (NBC Olympics/November 13)
ARTICLE: Adam Rippon shows off singing ability at Grand Prix exhibition (NBC Olympics/November 13)
PHOTO: Adam wins silver medal at NHK Trophy on his 28th birthday and shares a message (Instagram/November 11)
VIDEO: Meet Adam Rippon – Unapologetically Himself (U.S. Figure Skating YouTube/November 9)
PHOTO: Adam shows off his knitted mittens after finishing 3rd at Finlandia Trophy (Instagram/October 7)
PHOTO GALLERY: 2017 Finlandia Trophy by Antti Lehto: [Short Program/Oct. 6] and [Free Skate/Oct. 7]
PODCAST: IceNetwork’s Ice Talk Episode 44 (IceNetwork/early October)
PHOTO SHOOT: Team USA Media Summit in Park City, Utah (Getty Images/September 25)
VIDEO: Adam Rippon on being viewed differently [clip from Team USA media summit (Nexstar Digital/filmed ~September 25)
PHOTO: Us Weekly film shoot (Instagram/September 25)
VIDEO: Working with Benji Schwimmer on choreography (Instagram/July 14)
ARTICLE: Adam Rippon: When I Came Out Is When I Started To Own Who I Am As A Person (Team USA/June 29) – excerpt below:

“Being gay isn’t what defines me, but it’s a big part of who I am and I like to talk about my coming out because that’s when I started to own who I was as a person,” said Rippon, who spoke to TeamUSA.org on the topic in honor of June’s LGBTQ Pride Month. “That’s what’s important, not the being gay part but at some point — gay or straight — you need to own who you are. You can’t be afraid of who you are or else you’re afraid of your own potential, and if you don’t own who you are then you can’t grow.

VIDEO: Catching Up with Team USA’s Adam Rippon (U.S. Figure Skating YouTube/June 19)
BLOG REVIEW+VIDEO: Adam’s performance to Josef Salvat’s cover of “Diamonds” at Ice Theatre of New York show (All Things Digital Marketing Blog/June 9)
ARTICLE: Ice Theatre of New York’s ‘Unplugged’ show to honor, feature 2016 U.S. Champion Adam Rippon (Figure Skaters Online/June 2)
Q&A ARTICLE: #JacksonFamily Interviews ft Adam Rippon (Jackson Ultima/May 5)
ARTICLE: Stars on Ice, including Scranton native and US champ, are coming to Hershey’s Giant Center (PennLive.com/May 3)
ARTICLE: Adam Rippon discusses skating, coming out, future (Windy City Times/May 2)
PHOTO: Adam attends Figure Skating in Harlem’s 20th Anniversary Champions In Life Benefit Gala in New York City(Getty Images/May 2)
PHOTO GALLERY: Team USA/NBC Olympics promotional photo shoot in West Hollywood, California (Team USA+NBC Olympics/April 28)
PHOTO: Adam poses on set during Team USA/NBC Olympic photo shoot with a white kitten named Pearl (Instagram/April 28)
BLOG: Adam Rippon Interview (The He Said She Said Experience/April 24)
ARTICLE: Reinvigorated Rippon not holding anything back (Icenetwork/April 19)
INTERVIEW: “I’ll be 100% when it counts (NBC Olympics/April 17)
VIDEO: Adam appears on NBC’s Today Show and skates his “Diamonds” program at the Rockefeller Center ice rink (Vimeo/April 17)
PODCAST: Special Guest Adam Rippon (“The Grueling Truth”/April 6)

Adam shared a personal message on his Twitter account following his injury withdrawal today, January 9th, from next week’s U.S. Championships in Kansas City, which would have been his 9th consecutive nationals at the senior level (his words are copied out in full below):

On Friday [1/6/17], before my morning practice while warming up for my first session, I broke my foot. I was doing something that I do everyday, just a few hops in place with Rafael [Arutyunyan, coach] watching. I came down funny on my left foot, heard a crunch, and knew right away that I had broken it.
This injury is not career ending. It’s very low on the spectrum of severity of injuries people have come back from. I have a sprained ankle and a fracture of the fifth metatarsal. At this point, after initial X-rays and MRI, it looks as though I do not need surgery. I will have follow up images done 4 weeks from now to check on my progress and make sure I am on the right track to recovery. I am expected to be off the ice for the next 8-12 weeks.
I am planning on taking my recovery to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. I feel incredibly lucky to have the USOC’s support right now.
I hope that you won’t forget about me and what I’ve done this season. I feel like I have made some pretty big strides and have been coming into my own as a professional athlete (technically amateur ;)). That being said I don’t plan on taking this lying down which is ironically exactly what I am doing now. I will use this as a chance for me to rehab. smaller injuries that have been bothering me, work on my flexibility, work on my conditioning. I mean, I’m only hurt from the left ankle down. There is much I can work on and improve while being off the ice.
You can mark my words, I will not only come back from this, I have laser focus to be much better because of this. When I was sitting on the bench near the rink immediately after I broke my foot, my first thought was “This is my story. I will be at the Olympics.” I am positive and optimistic because I’ve refused to give myself another option. I have always grown from situations others might see as a setback and this will be no different. I will grow, push forward, and use this to be the best version of myself as an athlete in 12 months time at the 2018 US Championships and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
I am sad and disappointed that I don’t have the wherewithal to be on the ice in Kansas City or the opportunity to defend my national title. But, I will be okay. USFS has a campaign called “Get Up” and that’s exactly what I will do. I will get up because that is who I am and that’s what champions do.

Adam is quoted in U.S. Figure Skating’s press release as follows: “Despite breaking my foot in a fluke accident off the ice, I am determined to grow from this and come back even stronger. I will use this as an opportunity to improve so that I can be fully prepared for next season and be at my very best to compete for a spot at the 2018 Olympic Games.”

ARTICLE: Adam Rippon Withdraws From U.S. Championships With Broken Foot; Still Eyes PyeongChang Olympics (Team USA/January 9)
ARTICLE: Broken foot ends Rippon’s hopes for second title (IceNetwork/January 9)

2015-2016 News Archive

ARTICLE: Rippon: ‘My job is to get the audience to its feet’ (IceNetwork/December 8, 2016)
PODCAST: Ice Talk, episode 9 (IceNetwork/December 2016)
VIDEO INTERVIEW: Scott Hamilton Show (IceNetwork/December 2016)
PBS RADIO INTERVIEW: Rippon: ‘My job is to get the audience to its feet’ (WVIA-FM’s ArtScene/November 28, 2016)
VIDEO: 2016 Trophee de France Free Skate via British Eurosport (YouTube/November 12, 2016)
ARTICLE: Rippon lands quad toe loop, earns bronze in Paris (IceNetwork/November 12, 2016)
ARTICLE: Rippon wins bronze medal at Skate America, his friendly rivalry with Jason Brown (Team USA/October 23, 2016)
ARTICLE: Rippon debuts new free [at Skate America] — with Arutunian’s blessing (IceNetwork/October 22, 2016)
ARTICLE: Adam Rippon Takes a Risk (Figure Skaters Online/October 17, 2016)
Q&A ARTICLE: Chat with Adam Rippon at U.S. International Classic (Figure Skaters Online/September 17, 2016)
ARTICLE: Rippon takes solid lead at International Classic (IceNetwork/September 15, 2016)
ARTICLE: Late-bloomer Rippon hopes to revive quad toe (IceNetwork/August 29, 2016)
ADAM’S VIDEO: “O” Coldplay – Up Close and Personal with Adam Rippon (Adam’s YouTube channel/August 19, 2016)
ADAM’S VIDEO: Backstage!!! The Ice Tour 2016 [Osaka, Japan]: Backstage! (Adam’s YouTube channel/August 2, 2016)
VIDEO: Choreographing to “Bloodstream” by Stateless with Benji Schwimmer in the dance studio and on the ice (Instagram/July 13, 2016)
VIDEO: Choreographing to “Let Me Think About It” with Jeff Buttle (Instagram/July 13, 2016)
Q&A ARTICLE: Ashley Wagner & Adam Rippon: “We definitely make sure that we’re always available to one another” (Absolute Skating/June 28, 2016)
ARTICLE: Rippon plays role of rock star in breakthrough year (IceNetwork/May 9, 2016)
ARTICLE: Wagner and Rippon balance touring and training during Stars on Ice (Figure Skaters Online/April 20, 2016)
Q&A ARTICLE: Adam Rippon talks about his Pa. roots and being openly gay ahead of Stars on Ice show in Hershey (PennLive/April 14, 2016)
VIDEO INTERVIEW: Adam Rippon Discusses His Season Of Redemption With Meryl Davis And Charlie White (Team USA/April 2016)
ARTICLE: Exhilarating performances for US men at 2016 Worlds (Associated Press/April 1, 2016)
VIDEO: 2016 Worlds 4th place Free Skate with no commentary (DailyMotion/April 1, 2016)
VIDEO: 2016 Worlds 7th place Short Program via British Eurosport (YouTube/March 30, 2016)
VIDEO: 2016 Worlds practice clip of Quad Lutz (Instagram/March 29, 2016)
Q&A ARTICLE: “I always knew I had it in me to be U.S. Champion” (Figure Skaters Online/March 16, 2016)
ARTICLE: At Age 26, U.S. Figure Skating Champ Adam Rippon Thinks His Best Is Yet To Come (Team USA/February 11, 2016)
ARTICLE+VIDEO: Rippon celebrates winning national title: “I’m like a witch, and you can’t kill me” (OutSports/January 29, 2016)
ARTICLE: Adam Rippon Wins First U.S. Title (Team USA/January 24, 2016)
ARTICLE: Performance quality propels Rippon to first U.S. title (IceNetwork/January 24, 2016)
ARTICLE: Mature Rippon gutsy but smart (IceNetwork/January 22, 2016)
Q&A ARTICLE: “I want to be young, current, edgy…” [Rostelecom Cup interview] (InsideEdge.net/December 4, 2015)
PODCAST: Episode 154 Adam Rippon [Skate Canada interview by Pj Kwong] (Open Kwong Dore/November 30, 2015)
Q&A ARTICLE: Adam Rippon: For the Love of the Process (Lavender magazine/November 25, 2015)
VIDEO: At This Moment: Season Preview of Adam’s Free Skate to a Medley of songs by The Beatles (U.S. Figure Skating YouTube channel/October 29, 2015)
ARTICLE: Rippon on coming out: ‘I wanted to share my story’ (Icenetwork/October 27, 2015)
ARTICLE: Rippon comes out as gay in SKATING magazine (Icenetwork/October 2, 2015)
VIDEO INTERVIEW: TSL’s Conversation with Adam Rippon on September 25 in Artesia, CA (The Skating Lesson YouTube channel/November 3, 2015)
ARTICLE: Adam Rippon lets go of ‘doubt’ (Golden Skate/August 5, 2015)
ADAM’S VIDEO: The Ice 2015 [summer tour in Japan]: Backstage! (Debut of Adam’s YouTube channel/August 4, 2015)
VIDEO: Choreographing to “Who Wants To Live Forever” with Tom Dickson (Instagram/May 22, 2015)
PHOTO: At 2015 Worlds, Jason Brown’s & Adam’s combined placements earn 3 spots for the U.S. men at 2016 Worlds in Boston (Twitter/March 29, 2015)
VIDEO: Adam, Evan Bates, Madison Chock & Ashley Wagner chat before 2015 Worlds (U.S. Figure Skating Google Hangout/March 10, 2015)
PRESS RELEASE: Adam wins the Professional Skaters Association’s EDI Award for Best Performance at 2015 Nationals (U.S. Figure Skating/March 10, 2015)
ARTICLE: Rippon Aiming to Create Magic Again at Worlds (Falls Church News-Press/March 6, 2015)
PHOTO: Adam wins the silver medal at 2015 Nationals – his Men’s Podium Selfie (Instagram/January 25, 2015)
VIDEO: 2015 Nationals Winning Free Skate (NBC Sports/January 25, 2015)
VIDEO INTERVIEW: 2015 Nationals Post-Short Program (Icenetwork/January 23, 2015)
NEWS ITEM: Rippon rejuvenates with “Nyah” [new short program] (Icenetwork/January 21, 2015)

2014 (and earlier) News Archive

VIDEOS: Media Markt Eisgala 2014 – Adam performs to Roman Lob’s “After Tonight” (Spotlight Productions YouTube/December 14, 2014), plus a fan cam clip of Geir Rönning’s “All Alone” (first part only, followed by a clip that shows Adam lending his skates to Elladj Balde)
Q&A ARTICLE: Rippon skates, choreographs with deep love of craft (IceNetwork/November 22, 2014)
ARTICLE: USA’s Rippon buckles down for 2014-15 season (Golden Skate/October 30, 2014)
VIDEO INTERVIEW: 2014 Finlandia Trophy Silver Medalist (Skating Finland YouTube/October 12, 2014)
VIDEO: 2014 Finlandia Trophy Winning Free Skate (Skating Finland YouTube/October 12, 2014)
VIDEO: “A Song For You” by Elliott Yamin as performed in the American Legends Tribute Show (Fan Cam on YouTube/December 11, 2013)
Q&A ARTICLE: Rippon Seeks Thrills with Quad Lutz (Figure Skaters Online/October 21, 2013)
ARTICLE: Adam Rippon gets gold-medal treatment to fix broken skate (CBC Sports/October 18, 2013)
ARTICLE: Wagner, Rippon hope to walk the walk in Detroit (IceNetwork/October 16, 2013)
ARTICLE BY ADAM: Adam wrote an article for the Athlete Advisory Committee’s “Athlete Corner” about his 2013 Gardena Spring Trophy experience with Team USA that was published in the May 2013 issue of SKATING magazine (p. 43). A scan of the article can be viewed courtesy of U.S. Figure Skating: [click here to read “Rippon comes full circle on Gardena trip”]
ARTICLE: Rippon chooses Arutunian for aggressive style (IceNetwork/September 12, 2012)
ARTICLE: Rippon plans to skate like an absolute mad man (IceNetwork/May 23, 2012)
PRESS RELEASE: Team USA wins Silver at ISU World Team Trophy 2012 (U.S. Figure Skating/April 21, 2012)
ARTICLE: Conversation upon arrival at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France (IceNetwork/March 28, 2012)
ARTICLE: “Rippon Lutz” sends 21-year-old in history books and Worlds (Denver Post/February 10, 2012)
ARTICLE: Rippon gets by with a little help from his friend [Alissa Czisny] (IceNetwork/January 19, 2012)
VIDEO Q&A: Adam Rippon plays a Question & Answer Game with his Spanish fans (Orange Team Interview/November 22, 2011)
PRESS RELEASE: Rippon Announces New Training Site, Names Coach (U.S. Figure Skating/June 15, 2011)
ADAM’S BLOG: Adam Rippon’s Japan Open Athlete Diary (IceNetwork/October 6, 2010)
BLOG Q&A: Adam Rippon poised to be the next big star (Life Skate/September 26, 2010)
BLOG: Catching Up with…Adam Rippon (Pj Kwong/August 6, 2010)
PRESS RELEASE: Adam Rippon launches new AdamRippon.com (Figure Skaters Online/July 10, 2010)
ARTICLE: Rippon to get romantic [programs] in upcoming season (IceNetwork/June 28, 2010)
ARTICLE: Adam Rippon confirms participation in the Hyundai Card Super Match X – Medalist on Ice show in Seoul on June 5 & 6 (The Korea Times/May 11, 2010)
ARTICLE: Rippon tries his hand at being a ‘showstopper’ [as Stars on Ice guest skater in Canada] (IceNetwork/May 6, 2010)
Q&A ARTICLE [in Italian]: Adam Rippon in Turin, an unexpected World Championship (Art on Ice/April 6, 2010)
Q&A ARTICLE: Adam Rippon: “If you can do it with one arm, why not two!” (Absolute Skating/March 29, 2010)
ARTICLE: Rippon talks Kim, Olympics and Four C’s win (IceNetwork/February 20, 2010)
PRESS RELEASE: Adam Rippon (USA) strikes gold at Four Continents (International Skating Union/January 30, 2010)
Q&A ARTICLE: Adam Rippon: “It’s good to meet the challenge early in the season” (Absolute Skating/October 17, 2009)
ARTICLE: Rippon wins first senior Grand Prix medal (IceNetwork/October 17, 2009)
ARTICLE: Adam Rippon looks for first Grand Prix medal (Figure Skaters Online/October 14, 2009)
ARTICLE: Triple Axels help Rippon repeat as World Junior champ (Figure Skaters Online/February 26, 2009)
FAN Q&A: ‘Really big learning year’ takes Rippon to Bulgaria (Figure Skaters Online/February 23, 2009)
PRESS RELEASE: Rippon assigned to his second World Junior Championships (U.S. Figure Skating/February 23, 2009)
ARTICLE: Rippon says Toronto’s the ticket (IceNetwork/January 22, 2009)
PRESS RELEASE: 2008 World Junior Champion Adam Rippon Announces Coaching Change (U.S. Figure Skating/January 2, 2009)
ARTICLE: Adam Rippon: Now He Belongs (Golden Skate/April 12, 2008)
ARTICLE: Rippon takes Junior World title (Golden Skate/February 29, 2008)
ARTICLE: Rippon leads men in Sofia, Bulgaria (Golden Skate/February 28, 2008)
ARTICLE: Rippon wins Junior men’s US title (Golden Skate/January 26, 2008)
ARTICLE: Adam Rippon wins junior men’s gold (IceNetwork/January 25, 2008)
ARTICLE: Rippon leads junior men at US Nationals (Golden Skate/January 24, 2008)
ARTICLE: Rippon Rips Up Competition, Wins JGP Final/ (Skate Today/December 11, 2007)
PRESS RELEASE: Adam assigned to his first international at 2005 Triglav Trophy [he won the Junior gold medal] (U.S. Figure Skating/April 13, 2005)
PRESS RELEASE: Adam wins the Novice silver medal at 2005 U.S. Championships (U.S. Figure Skating/January 10, 2005)
PRESS RELEASE: Triple Lutz is the Key for Novice Men’s Leaders at 2005 U.S. Championships [Adam won the SP] (U.S. Figure Skating/January 9, 2005)

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