2018 Post-Olympics Appearances & News
Adam recently taped an interview with actress Cate Blanchett [view their photo on his Instagram] for ABC’s Good Morning America that is scheduled to air on Friday, September 21.
Adam has joined the cast of LARAMIE: A LEGACY, a one night only benefit for the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Tectonic Theater Project, being held at 7 pm on Monday, September 24, at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College in New York City. For ticket and donation information, please visit the [event website]; Adam’s participation was announced in [this press release on Playbill.com].
Washington Post article (Sept. 19): [‘America’s sweetheart’ Adam Rippon donates his Olympic costume to the Smithsonian]. Adam “has donated one of his Olympic costumes — a bejeweled, blue-green, long-sleeved top, skintight black pants and skates — to the National Museum of American History.”
This costume was designed and made by Braden Overett and worn by Adam in the free skate of the men’s individual event on February 17, 2018, in Gangneung, South Korea. The museum has yet to determine a date for the costume to be put on public display.
Adam was a guest on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” (September 16): [link to listen to his 5-minute interview and read transcribed highlights].
Adam attended the 22nd annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 15 [view a photo on HRC’s Facebook page], and his short speech can be viewed [on HRC’s YouTube channel].
Adam is featured on the cover of the August/September issue of SKATING magazine (with DWTS partner Jenna Johnson) and an excerpt from his interview cam be read online on U.S. Figure Skating’s Fan Zone website: [Adam Rippon Talks About ‘Walking Through Open Doors’] [link to read Adam’s Skating magazine article online].
Adam is nominated in 2 categories of the opening round of the E! People’s Choice Awards. Fan voting for this round is open until September 14 [Voting Rules on E! website]. Five finalists for each category will be announced on September 24. To vote for Adam online, direct links are: [Pop Culture – The Game Changer of 2018] [TV – The Competition Contestant of 2018]
To vote for Adam via Twitter, direct links for re-tweeting are: [Adam for #TheGameChanger] [Adam for #TheCompetitionContestant]
Adam and Mirai Nagasu celebrated their DSW partnership by hosting a meet & greet at the DSW store at 79th Street and Broadway in New York City on Saturday, September 8 from 1-4 pm [click here to view 2 photos].
Adam participated in a Q&A and Signing at MOHEGAN SUN POCONO’s Keystone Grand Ballroom in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, September 5 [click here to watch a local TV news report] and at The Shops at MOHEGAN SUN in Uncasville, Connecticut on Thursday, September 6 [click here to watch a local news show clip][click here to view an album of photos on Mohegan Sun’s Facebook].
Adam filmed a video for NIVEA MEN USA with pro football wide receiver Danny Amendola that debuted on their website on August 30: [their promotional campaign hashtag on social media is #BaringisCaring] [direct link to the 1.5-minute video on NIVEAMENUSA’s YouTube’s channel]. Note: This video was shot in Boston on July 17.
Related article in PEOPLE Lifestyle (August 30): [Here’s What Happened When Adam Rippon Taught Danny Amendola How to Manscape].
Adam headlined the final SUN VALLEY ON ICE show of the summer on Saturday, September 1, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. He performed his Stars on Ice tour solos — Adele’s “Remedy” and exhibition version of his “Let Me Think About It” short program.
Preview article (August 29) in the Idaho Mountain Express: [Adam Rippon to stop at Sun Valley in busy year].
It was announced on August 23 that Adam will guest star in an episode of NBC’s Will & Grace show this fall: [link to the E! News article][view Matt Bomer’s Instagram Story selfie photo with Adam as published in this PEOPLE article][Photo on the set via NBC’s Will & Grace Instagram account][Matt Bomer’s Instagram post with photo on set].
Latest “Adam Rippon Riffs On” videos for Cosmopolitan:
The Zodiac (Sept. 10): [Link to watch on Cosmopolitan’s YouTube’s channel]
[Adam Rippon *Honestly* Reviews Celeb Rosés…] (August 29) [direct link to the 6.5-minute video on Cosmopolitan’s YouTube’s channel]
[Recapping the Most Dramatic MTV Video Music Award Moments of All Time] (August 20) [direct link to the 7.5-minute video on Cosmopolitan’s YouTube’s channel]
PEOPLE article (August 13): [How Jenna Johnson Asked DWTS Partner Adam Rippon to Be a Bridesman in Wedding to Val Chmerkovskiy].
Adam was interviewed on PEOPLE Now (August 6): [How My Mom Helped Me Achieve My Dreams — and What She Said When I Came Out].
Adam was a guest on the first episode of the 11th season of MTV’s “Ridiculousness” that premiered on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 8 pm ET/PT. MTV’s website has uploaded 2 clips on their website: [Clip 1][Clip 2]. For future re-broadcasts of Adam’s episode [check TV Guide’s online listing]. Note: Adam taped this episode in Van Nuys, California on June 15.
On Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5, Adam was a guest speaker at newbo evolve, a “multi-faceted festival in Cedar Rapids, Iowa that celebrates the creative bohemian spirit through music, art, fashion, food and technology” [link to event website].
VIDEO by the Des Moines Register titled Adam Rippon in Iowa: being yourself is ‘powerful’ [watch here]; SATURDAY PHOTOS (Des Moines Register): [Adam Rippon at Newbo Evolve]
ARTICLE in The Cedar Rapids Gazette (August 4): [U.S. Figure Skater Adam Rippon: ‘Embrace who you are’] Excerpt below:
He teared up later, when explaining that all the years of focusing on the hard work of becoming an elite athlete led to one of his scariest moments: realizing that he was representing the LGBTQ community — and his family — on the world stage.
“The Olympics wasn’t for me, it was for everybody else,” he said. “Everything I had done for myself I’d already done. I had to be a warrior in that moment.”
He continues to be a warrior and role model, not only for the LGBTQ community but for everyone else as he spreads his message of working hard, giving 100 percent and never giving up.
He hopes everyone can experience the freedom that follows coming out of whatever they need to acknowledge to be true to themselves.
“It’s not LGBTQ exclusive,” he said. “That’s a moment when you embrace who you are, and you own that. For me, it was so powerful, so I hope that when I share my story and the things that I’ve been through, even someone who doesn’t identify in that community still finds a moment where they’re like, ‘Yeah, I need to go through that in my own life, and I can apply that in my own life.’”
Pre-festival article: [Conversation with Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon] (One Iowa, July 26)
“One Iowa is a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) organization preserving and advancing equality for LGBTQ individuals in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education.”
9-minute video on GQ’s YouTube channel (August 3): [Adam Rippon Breaks Down Figure Skating Movies] (including The Cutting Edge, I, Tonya, and Blades of Glory)
Another “Adam Rippon Riffs On” video for Cosmopolitan (August 3 article): [The Kardashian Dynasty AKA America’s “Royal Family”] [direct link to the 6-minute video on Cosmopolitan’s YouTube’s channel]
In an essay for TODAY Style, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon talks about the pressure put on athletes to look a certain way how he learned to embrace his differences after combating an eating disorder. [He also spoke] on behalf of his work with DSW and their latest campaign, which is all about inspiring self-expression. [read Adam’s essay here] (August 2).
Monday, July 30: Adam made an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America and was announced as one of 3 judges for ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: Juniors which will have a two-hour premiere, 8-10 pm ET, on Sunday, October 7, 2018. WATCH the 7-minute VIDEO segment: [Adam Rippon, Val Chmerkovskiy and Mandy Moore to judge ‘Dancing With the Stars: Juniors’]; 2 clips posted on GMA’s Twitter account: [40-second interview clip][judges’ reveal (GIF)].
Adam is profiled in Bleacher Report Mag’s B/R POWER 50 Speak Up list of this year’s most influential people in sports culture (July 23): [read the essay titled “Adam Rippon Is All the Way out Here”].
Adam was a co-presenter with Mikaela Shiffrin for the “Best Game” ESPY award to the Team USA Olympic women’s hockey team at the ESPYS in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 18: [View his Getty Images PHOTOS here]. He also did some red carpet and backstage interviews for ABC’s Good Morning America as a special correspondent: [watch video and view photos here].
USA Today article: [Adam Rippon ready to show LeBron James around L.A. All he has to do is ask.].
2 Access videos: (July 18): [Interview about shooting ESPN’s Body Issue, Time 100 Gala & more (7.5 mins.)] [‘Double Dare’ Obstacle Course Challenge (4.5 mins.)]
Audio of a panel discussion at the Cannes Lions 2018, published by The Female Quotient (22 mins.): [Olympians Who Are Changing the Game: Equality Champions]
“Olympians Adam Rippon, and Mikaela Shiffrin, sit with Natalie Morales, to talk about the importance of being a role model, and the urgency of diversity in sports.” (Wednesday, June 20, in Cannes, France)
3 short video clips of Adam speaking at the Cannes Lions, uploaded on The Female Quotient’s YouTube channel (July 3): [On Love and Respect for the Sport] [On Finding Your Passion and Supporting your Team] [On Being able to Reanalyze Mistakes and Work Through It]
OK! Magazine video (3 mins.): [Adam & Mirai go head-to-head in a game of “A Walk In Their Shoes”] (filmed at the DSW Block Party in NYC on June 27)
JUNE 2018 LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH & OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS:
Adam is one of 16 athletes featured in the tenth anniversary of ESPN’s Body Issue. Mark Seliger photographed him at The Rinks in Lakewood, California on March 27. Published on ESPN’s website on June 25: [PHOTO PAGE] [Q&A ARTICLE] [COVER PHOTO (via Adam’s Instagram account)]. The print edition of the magazine became available on Friday, June 29.
Related links (June 29): [USA Today SportsPulse (~5 mins.)]; [OK! Magazine]; [AOL.com article]
People.com article (June 22): [Adam Rippon Poses Nude in This Sneak Peak of ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue: ‘I Felt So Liberated’]
Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu celebrated their new DSW partnership by hosting a DSW Block party in New York City on Wednesday, June 27 from 4-7 pm EST. The event was free and open to the public. PHOTOS from the event [can be viewed online via Getty Images]; Elite Daily article [Adam Rippon & Mirai Nagasu’s Most Embarrassing Style Choices Are All Too Relatable]; Adweek article [about the joint DSW ad campaign]; Adam relays news re. ‘DWTS’ pro partner Jenna Johnson’s engagement [OK! Magazine Video].
People.com (June 20): [Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu Star in DSW’s New Summer Campaign]; [Link to DSW’s publicity photo shoot spread on Adam & Mirai] (“We spent a foggy L.A. day with Adam and Mirai swapping stories about style icons, taking risks, and how shoes are an essential part of self-expression.”)
Friday, June 8: Adam was honored with a proclamation by the New York City Council on the steps of New York City Hall. The 16-minute event was live streamed on Facebook and [can be re-watched here] as well as [via Periscope TV online here]; Full Text of the Proclamation [can be read here].
TeamUSA.org article (June 8): [Adam Rippon Celebrated With NYC Council Proclamation For His Skating Achievements, LGBTQ Advocacy]; direct link to embedded YouTube video: [Adam Rippon Celebrated For LGBTQ Advocacy]
Monday, June 11: The TrevorLIVE 2018 New York Gala was live streamed and can be watched online in its entirety (2 hours 41 mins.) [via Periscope TV online here].
According to this AOL.com recap article, “the celebratory evening helped to raise over $2 million for the organization, which is the country’s largest nonprofit crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization focused on LGBTQ youth”: [TrevorLIVE 2018: Rita Ora, Adam Rippon and more stars step out]; PHOTOS: [view photos of Adam on the Getty Images website].
U.S. Olympic medalists Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy will host the TrevorLIVE New York gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City (6-min. video published June 11 on CBSN’s YouTube channel): [Adam and Gus join CBSN to talk about the gala and the importance of supporting the LGBTQ community]; [E! News 2-minute red carpet interview]; [Link to the May 4th press release posted on The Trevor Project’s website].
Saturday, June 16: Adam was the special guest at the three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury basketball team’s celebration of PRIDE Night and participated in a halftime Q&A at center court: [view a photo of his Q&A on Twitter here]; [read the press release here]; [Phoenix Mercury Pride Week Auction] (“All proceeds from this auction benefit Adam Rippon’s GLAAD Campus Ambassadors Program” [direct link: Adam’s page on JustGiving.com]).
Monday, June 18: Adam was one of the speakers at the the Opening Plenary session of the SERVICE UNITES conference in Atlanta, Georgia – his 9-minute speech was uploaded to Points of Light’s YouTube account on June 21 [WATCH HERE] [view a photo of him on stage on their Twitter account here]. He is listed on the Speakers page [of the event website]. He spoke by telephone about his upcoming appearance on the syndicated morning radio show based in Atlanta, The Bert Show (June 14): [LISTEN here].
JUNE 2018 ARTICLES & VIDEOS, cont. (first 3 are LGBTQ Pride Month-specific):
InStyle article (June 23): [Adam Rippon Explains Why Coming Out Is a Process That Never Ends ]
PAPER magazine article (June 18): [Without Billie Jean King, Would We Have Adam Rippon?]
Athletes and trailblazers Adam Rippon and Billie Jean King come together for a conversation on LGBTQ acceptance in sports and why it’s important to understand the past to change the future.
ABC News’ inaugural #PrideMonth speaker series 55-minute video (June 12): [Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy talk about their Olympic experience as openly gay men and more]
Idaho Mountain Express article (June 20): [Adam Rippon added to ice show slate [Sun Valley on September 1st]]; [Link to purchase tickets online]
3 Cannes Lions articles & 1 interview clip (June 20): [Hollywood Reporter: Olympics Star Adam Rippon on Making “Weird” Work]; [Page Six: Adam Rippon is the new face of the boy next door]; [Transform magazine on “Olympic athletes working with brands to achieve new heights”] (includes photo of Adam and the NBCUniversal panel); [interview clip tweeted by Variety].
Adam is named on Adweek’s 4th annual Creative 100 list (published June 11): [read his profile article here] (his profile also is featured in the linked article titled “13 Celebrities Who Are Making Pop Culture More Innovative, Inclusive and Interesting”).
He was honored by Adweek at the Cannes Lions 2018 festival in Cannes, France, on Tuesday, June 19 and did a Q&A: [read Adweek’s transcript here]; 2 photos are [posted on Adweek’s Twitter account].
In Cannes, Adam also participated in a NBCUniversal panel on June 20, along with fellow Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin, to discuss their Winter Olympics success, both on the medal stand and on NBCU: [brief clip shared via panel moderator Natalie Morales’ Instagram account] (3 articles are linked above).
Adweek’s “Creative 100” video interview with Adam in New York City, filmed earlier in June: [How Adam Rippon Stays Creative, Brave and Focused—Even on a Playground]; direct link to watch [on Adweek’s YouTube channel]
Adweek’s follow-up video uploaded on July 3rd (4 mins.): [Adam Rippon [on] Creativity in 100 Seconds]
Adam’s interview from CNN’s Atlanta studio with HLN’s “Across America” show (June 18): [5-minute video posted on HLNTV’s Twitter account]
GQ article (June 18): [The Real-Life Diet of Adam Rippon]
ABC’s Good Morning America offered a sneak peek of Adam in ESPN Magazine’s THE BODY issue (June 15): [view two photos here].
Arizona Republic article (June 15): [Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon to headline Mercury’s Pride Night [June 16]]
Press release (June 13): [The 2018 Teen Choice Awards Announces New Wave of Nominees]; Adam is nominated in the “Choice Male Athlete” category [CLICK HERE TO VOTE ONLINE].
E! Online article (June 12): [Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018: Adam Rippon, Venus Williams and More Score Nominations]; Adam is nominated in the “Winter Wonders” and “King of Swag” categories: [CLICK HERE TO VOTE ONLINE].
Outsports.com article (June 12): [LA City Hall honors out LGBTQ Olympians]
ABC News/Good Morning America article+video (June 11): [Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy talk about what Pride Month means to them]; direct link to watch [on GMA’s YouTube channel]
The Elvis Duran Show – 30-minute appearance on the morning radio show (June 11); video has been uploaded to their YouTube channel: [Adam Rippon on Olympic Life, Pride Month, and His Future]
Adam and Jenna Johnson appeared on MTV’s TRL show on June 11 (3 videos, filmed on May 23, uploaded on TRL’s YouTube channel): [Adam Rippon Opens Up About Coming Out as Gay ] & [Adam & Jenna Vogue, Dougie and Dance]; [Adam & Jenna Prove They’re As Good At Impressions As Dancing | Master Tweet Theater ].
The Guardian’s “G2 Interview” feature article (June 11): [‘I spoke from the heart’…]
aplus.com article+video (June 7): [For Adam Rippon, Being An Out And Proud Athlete Was A Medal-Winning Decision]; aplus.com 4-minute video (June 5): [Adam Rippon Shares His Thoughts On Some Of The Most Iconic Dance Music Videos]
Adam celebrated Pride Month as an ambassador for Celebrity Cruises’ second annual Pride Party at Sea and is pictured in [this MeetMeonBoard.com blog post] dated June 6.
OUT FRONT magazine cover story (June 5): [Adam Rippon Skates His Way Into Our Hearts]
Billboard.com article (June 5): [Adam Rippon’s Pride Month Playlist: Kim Petras, Dua Lipa, Rita Ora & More]
The Outline Q&A article (June 4): [Adam Rippon refuses to back down]
POPSUGAR’s Pride Month Interview (June 1): [How Adam Rippon Found His Confidence, and His “Greater Purpose,” on the Ice]
Phoenix Metro Entertainer Magazine article (June 2): [Olympic Hero: Adam Rippon says the games were about more than the medal]
Yahoo! Lifestyle article+video (June 1): [Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon: ‘After coming out, my career took off’]
Essay by a GLAAD Campus Ambassador (May 27): [Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy prove there is a place in sports for queer kids like me].
INTO Q&A article (May 25): [Adam Rippon Is Gay (As In Happy) To Be A Mouthy Mouthpiece]
Q&A article, based on an April 14 phone interview, published by various LGBT regional publications in late May/early June, including: [online version by PRIZM News here]; [GRAB Magazine cover story; PDF version linked from here]
At the Professional Skaters Association’s annual ‘EDI’ awards dinner on May 25, Adam was announced as the winner of the Gustave Lussi Award, which is “Presented to a male, professional skater who has brought recognition to the sport in a positive and favorable manner.” Source: [PSA Twitter account]
Adam & Jenna won the Dancing with the Stars: Athletes Mirrorball Trophy for Season 26 as announced at the end of the one-hour live show on Monday night, May 21 (right before 9 pm Eastern/8 pm Central time).
Adam & Jenna performed a Jazz number to “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun (The new Broadway cast recording) [click here to watch on DWTS’ YouTube channel] and received three scores of 10 from the three judges. Their Freestyle program was to “Scooby Doo Pa Pa” by DJ Kass [watch on DWTS’ YT channel] and they received 28 points out of 30.
Two TeamUSA.org articles: Adam Rippon Is First Male Figure Skater To Win “Dancing With The Stars” (recap of Finale; includes 2 videos uploaded before the show’s finale) and Adam Rippon Opens Up On His Dancing Win, What’s Next And Jenna Johnson Choreographing His Skating Programs (Q&A)
Post-Show Interview Videos (May 21): [Entertainment Tonight]; [E! News]; [Access]; [ExtraTV]; [ET Canada].
Adam & Jenna made several appearances in New York City on Tuesday, May 22 (all YouTube video links):
ABC’s Good Morning America (~18 mins. total): [Video #1 with Adam, Jenna & the ‘American Idol’ winner]; [Video #2 with their fellow DWTS finalists]; [Video #3 (dance-off game)];
Live with Kelly and Ryan (~4 mins. total) [watch them dance their Jazz number again] & [Adam recounts the story about “Kelly Ripa/Rippon” afterwards];
People NOW (12 mins.) [People TV interview]; Us Weekly (22 mins.) [watch here]; Sports Illustrated’s SI Now (5 mins.) [watch]; OK! Magazine (4 mins.) [watch]; Adam & Jenna play “Guess the Price” (~3 mins.) [watch on Money’s Twitter]
Getty Images: Adam Rippon & Jenna Johnson Visit Empire State Building To Celebrate the ‘DWTS’ Finale [10 photos].
Wednesday, May 23rd interviews: Elvis Duran Show (22 mins.) [click here to watch] (after the 16-minute mark, the host pledged a $20,000 donation to The Trevor Project in honor of Adam & Jenna);
MIC.com article+video (15 mins.) [click here to read the article] & [watch interview here]
At the BUILD Series studio in New York City (37 mins.): [watch their interview here] or [via BUILD’s YouTube channel];
Yahoo! Lifestyle article: [How Adam Rippon won the Olympics, ‘DWTS,’ and everyone’s hearts — his boyfriend’s included];
Cosmopolitan video (4 mins.): [Adam Rippon Recreates the Royal Wedding].
Adam and Jenna Johnson appeared on MTV’s TRL show on June 11 (2 videos, filmed on May 23, uploaded on TRL’s YouTube channel): [Adam Rippon Opens Up About Coming Out as Gay ] & [Adam & Jenna Vogue, Dougie and Dance].
Adam is featured on episode no. 71 of icenetwork.com’s “Ice Talk” podcast [click here to access his 15-minute conversation] and “talks about what kind of preparation goes into his ‘Dancing with the Stars’ performances, looks back at his Olympic experience and … the ‘Stars on Ice’ tour.”
Adam filmed himself in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday afternoon, May 20, before the final show of the Stars on Ice tour and talked about his feelings going into the DWTS Finale [watch his PeopleTV video].
TeamUSA.org published two videos on May 20: [Adam & Jenna talk about each other and their DWTS experience] & [Adam describes his hectic schedule between skating on the SOI tour & rehearsing/competing on DWTS].
KXLY-TV Spokane article+video (May 20): Adam Rippon visits Spokane Arena [May 18] ahead of DWTS finale
Adam interviewed his mother, Kelly, for a 10-minute “Meet My Mom” episode, produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine media company [click here to watch on Facebook]. It was filmed in Los Angeles in late March and posted on May 17.
“How well do Adam and Jenna know each other? Let’s play a fun game of “Him or Her!”: [DWTS’ Facebook Live 13-minute video can be viewed here]
Parade.com article (May 17): Does Adam Rippon Have What It Takes to Win Dancing with the Stars?
Edge Media Network article (May 16): Talking with Adam Rippon: ‘Important to Share Who I Am’
On the Monday, May 14 live show of Dancing with the Stars, Adam & Jenna performed a Contemporary dance to “O” by Coldplay (music also used by Adam in the second half of his Olympic free skate program) “inspired by the MVP in each athlete’s life” — Adam’s mom, Kelly — and received three scores of 10 from the judges for a total of 39 points out of 40: [click here to watch their entire video segment on DWTS’ YouTube channel].
In round two of the evening, Adam & Jenna had a Jive dance-off with Mirai Nagasu & Alan Bersten to “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry: [click here to watch the dance-off]. The four judges split their votes between the two couples and Adam won the tiebreaker (64% of the audience live vote) to gain 2 extra points for the highest total (41) of the night.
Post-Show Interview Videos (2): [Entertainment Tonight]; [Access].
The Players’ Tribune shared this video on Twitter for Mother’s Day (May 13) [click here to watch Adam and his mom, Kelly]; this same video is also [uploaded on their YouTube channel].
Adam was interviewed for an Arizona Republic article published on May 9: Adam Rippon on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ‘Stars on Ice’ and being America’s sweetheart.
He also made an appearance on “Good Day LA” in Los Angeles on May 10: [click here to watch his 7-minute interview].
On the Monday night May 7th Dancing with the Stars live show, Adam and Jenna danced a Quickstep to “Make Way” by Aloe Blacc and tied for the judges’ high score with 37 points out of 40: [click here to watch their entire video segment on DWTS’ YouTube channel]. They later performed a team dance to “Instant Replay” by Dan Hartman as part of “Team 1970s Football” [click here to watch].
Post-Show Interview Videos (5): [Entertainment Tonight LIVE on YouTube (38 mins.)]; [Extra on Facebook LIVE]; [Access]; [People TV]; [Entertainment Tonight (First 10 for Adam on DWTS: Athletes)].
Adam was interviewed by “Nightline” special correspondent Gus Kenworthy (aired on May 4; taped April 28 in Detroit): [Watch their 7-minute segment on ABC News’ YouTube channel here] & [Read the accompanying article here].
Hornet Q&A article (May 4): The Adam Rippon Interview: America’s Olympic Sweetheart Moves From the Ice to the Dance Floor
“Adam Rippon talks with Access Live’s Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover [on May 1] and jokes about smelling Keith Urban at the Time 100 Gala. Plus, he and his “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” pro partner Jenna Johnson discuss competing on the ABC reality show together”: [click here to watch (12 mins.)].
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES premiered on ABC on Monday, April 30 live from Los Angeles 8-10 pm Eastern time. Adam and Jenna Johnson danced a Cha Cha to “Sissy That Walk” by RuPaul in their live television debut together and tied for the judges’ high score with 24 points out of 30: [click here to watch their video on DWTS’ YouTube channel].
Post-Show Interview Videos (4): [Entertainment Tonight (embedded in article)]]; [Access]; [E! News]; [Extra TV].
Video (taped in early May): Dancing With the Stars’ Adam Rippon & Jenna Johnson Act Out Olympic Sports (Young Hollywood on YouTube)
Pre-Show #1 Article+Video: Exclusive Interview with Olympian Adam Rippon (WNEP-TV in PA / April 30)
Sports Illustrated published online (on April 30) 22 black-and-white, behind the scenes photos of Adam rehearsing with his partner, Jenna Johnson [click here to view them].
Entertainment Tonight (April 24) article+video of Adam and his pro partner, Jenna: [click here to read/watch].
The full cast of Dancing with the Stars: Athletes was announced on ABC’s Good Morning America show on Friday, April 13, in New York City. Adam’s pro partner is Jenna Johnson, age 24: [view their first promo photo on Twitter here]; [view their first joint promo video on ABC’s DWTS website here]. Three joint publicity interviews at Planet Hollywood in NYC (April 13): [Entertainment Tonight]; [E! News]]; and [Access]. Another link to visit: [Jenna Johnson’s Instagram account].
The show is scheduled to run for 4 consecutive weeks, with the one-hour finale scheduled on Monday, May 21. Adam & Jenna announced via their Instagram stories on April 18 that their team name is #TeamJustFriends.
The 2018 STARS ON ICE 22-city U.S. tour kicked off in Fort Myers, Florida on Friday, April 6 and Adam debuted a new number to Adele’s “Remedy” (choreographed by Travis Wall) and reprised his “Let Me Think about It” short program as his solo numbers [click here for U.S. Stars on Ice Tour & Ticket information through the final show on May 20 in Portland, Oregon].
Detroit News article (April 29): Team USA hero Adam Rippon embraces role of a lifetime [click here to watch his 8-minute pre-show rinkside interview]
Pride.com (April 23) article: Choreographer Travis Wall Gives Adam Rippon His Wings in Stars on Ice
PHOTOS: Adam & Stars on Ice cast members backstage & on ice (Sports Illustrated / April 23)
North Bay Public Media KRCB-FM (April 22 show): Listen to Adam’s Outbeat Radio News interview
PennLive.com article & photos (April 21): Adam Rippon on Cher, Mike Pence, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and skating for his family in Hershey [click here to watch his 5-minute pre-show rinkside interview]
Adam spoke to a local TV news reporter on April 20 ahead of the May 6th show in St. Paul, Minnesota [click here for the article/Skype video interview] or [view the same interview on Twitter].
Hartford Courant article (April 16): A Very Busy Adam Rippon Stopping In Hartford With ‘Stars On Ice’
PrideSource.com Q&A article (April 14 phone interview, published May 3 after the Detroit Stars on Ice show): Q&A: Adam Rippon on Finding His Gay Power & more
Adam spoke to a local TV news reporter before the April 7th show in Orlando, Florida [click here for video/transcript] or [view here on Twitter].
Adam is named on TIME 100’s 2018 list of most influential people in the Icons category: [view his featured image and read Cher’s words about him here] & his name is included on the April 30-May 7 print issue cover featuring Jennifer Lopez [click here to view the 6 different covers of the Time 100 print issue].
He attended the Time 100 Gala on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City with his mother, Kelly: [click here to watch a video & read the transcript of his toast to his mom]; [click here to watch his red carpet interview video with Access]; [click here to view interview clips, including two of Adam’s, from the red carpet & some highlights from the gala]; and [click here to view Adam’s Getty Images photos from the event].
Adam will be one of two “Making a Difference” Award Honorees at the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s 2018 Bear to Make a Difference Gala on Saturday, October 20, in Denver, Colorado [click here to view the event website] (special reduced ticket price ends on Memorial Day). The 2018 Bear to Make a Difference Gala is an opportunity for community members, civic leaders and corporate partners to come together to support the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and those who share our commitment to a future free from hate. Special Guests: Judy and Dennis Shepard.
Posted on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Facebook page on April 23, 2018:
Last week, Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine presented Olympian and PA native Adam Rippon with a proclamation on behalf of my administration.
Adam Rippon captured our hearts during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang – and the bronze medal in team figure skating. But beyond competing on Team USA, he has been a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and a positive role model for LGBT youth everywhere, exemplifying courage, compassion, and acceptance, and using his platform to stand up for countless individuals.
Adam – it’s an honor to call you one of our own. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement. #PAproud
VIDEO CLIP posted on Twitter: [Dr. Levine reading the proclamation to Adam at the 4/20/18 ceremony].
Adam was honored (in absentia) with the Altoona Award “presented annually to a Pennsylvanian who has demonstrated great courage, strength, and resilience in advancing the visibility or welfare of LGBTQ youth in the commonwealth” by The Pennsylvania Youth Action Congress at The Commonwealth Awards 2018 banquet on April 14, in Harrisburg, PA.
Adam attended the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
Right after the Olympics, Adam launched a fundraising campaign [click here to view his page on justgiving.com] to support GLAAD’s culture-changing LGBTQ youth programs.
Clip from his red carpet interview during the LOGO TV broadcast: [click here to view].
Adam was honored with the Champion Award at the 2018 National Business Inclusion Consortium’s Best-of-the-Best Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 18 – PHOTOS published in the Washington Blade: click here to view.
Adam is included in PEOPLE magazine’s “The Beautiful Issue” (April 30, 2018 issue) on page 97 as one of five “men behaving beautifully.” In case anyone missed his People TV 35-minute, in-depth interview with Jess Cagle that was taped on March 9, the [link to watch it is here].
Adam participated in a panel discussion on April 11 at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles that was live streamed on Facebook – link to the video: The Gay Community and Its Hollywood Influence.
Video (2.5 mins.): Adam Rippon’s Failures Drove Him to Success (VICE Sports Shorts / April 10)
Blog Q&A article in Russian: On his Olympics experience and post-Olympics activities (Twizzle.com.ru blog / April 7 at SOI Orlando; published on May 23)
Article: Olympian Adam Rippon joins Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson in Iowa festival lineup (Des Moines Register / April 10)
[Link to the NEWBO EVOLVE festival website (August 3-5, 2018)]
Article/Photo Shoot on beach+Video (2 mins. “The Fabulous Life of Adam Rippon”): Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon on Why It Took Him So Long to Come Out—and How Everything Changed Once He Did (InStyle / April 6 online & 7-page spread in the May 2018 print issue titled “Boy Wonder”)
Cover story: Adam Rippon & Gus Kenworthy: American Idols (OUT magazine / May issue) + VIDEO (4.5 mins.) & Photo Gallery (OUT magazine / April 5)
More Photos: Adam Rippon: The Day Before He Left to Slay the Olympics (OUT magazine / April 6)
Article+Video (4 mins.): The Disruptor: Adam Rippon on His Goals After Olympic Figure Skating (Rolling Stone / March 29)
Video (2 mins.): 2 Minutes with Adam Rippon talking about his career crossroads (NBC News BETTER / March 26)
Article: What Adam Rippon Really Wants to Do Is Act (Hollywood Reporter / March 23)
Adam made an in-studio appearance on “THE RICH EISEN SHOW” on Thursday, March 22 – his 20-minute interview is posted on the show’s YouTube channel here and covers his Olympics experience and aftermath, plus the upcoming Stars on Ice tour.
Adam taped a segment for “THE ELLEN SHOW” that will air on Thursday, March 22 – the 3-minute video is posted on ellentube.com: Adam Rippon Gives Hot Takes on Hot Topics.
PRESS RELEASE: Human Rights Campaign Announces Olympian Adam Rippon Will Receive Visibility Award at the 2018 HRC Los Angeles Dinner on March 10
WATCH the full presentation, including Gus Kenworthy’s intro and Adam’s speech: 20-minute VIDEO uploaded by Human Rights Campaign; also here’s a 3-minute video version on HRC’s Twitter
VIDEO (31 mins.): Adam Rippon LIVE Drinking Mimosas & Answering Your Fan Questions | Daily Denny (Entertainment Tonight on YouTube / March 15 in Los Angeles)
GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today announced that Olympic medalist Adam Rippon launched a fundraising campaign [click here to view his page on justgiving.com] to support GLAAD’s culture-changing LGBTQ youth programs. The announcement was made during Rippon’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen also surprised him with a check for $10,000 from Shutterfly to kick off his GLAAD campaign.
Adam made an appearance on “THE ELLEN SHOW” on Thursday, March 1st – WATCH the 2 videos: [Part 1] and [Part 2].
Article: Adam Rippon Once Had a Goldfish Named After This Royal — and Opens Up About Being a Gay Role Model (People / March 1)
Show description: Ellen is excited to welcome Olympic figure skater ADAM RIPPON! Adam won a bronze medal in the Figure Skating Team Event, and has been an amazing advocate for LGBT rights during the games. He’s stopping by The Ellen Show for his first in-studio appearance since returning to the US! [View all Adam-related items on EllenTube.com here]
Adam confirmed in an Instagram story that Access has invited him and Mirai Nagasu to attend the 90th Academy Awards ceremony [The Oscars] on Sunday, March 4, to be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California — article: Adam Rippon & Mirai Nagasu Are Going To The 2018 Oscars With Access
7 videos uploaded to Access’ YouTube channel featuring them, plus one by ABC News:
Pre-Show: [Video 1] [Video 2] [Video 3];
Red Carpet interviews: [ABC News Video] [Video 4] [Video 5];
Post-Oscars: [Video 6] [Video 7].
VIDEO (almost 4 mins.) with transcript: Figure Skater Adam Rippon’s First Fashion Splurge Lasted 12 Years (InStyle (filmed before the Oscars) / uploaded March 9)
Adam spent four days in New York City on a whirlwind media tour. Listed below are many of his appearances, arranged by day, along with the date of publication online.
TUESDAY, MARCH 6:
NEW YORK TIMES Q&A (published on March 8): Adam Rippon Is Famous. What Now?
VIDEO (3+ mins.): Watch Adam Rippon Savagely Rank Olympic Sports From “Hardest … to Curling” (Cosmopolitan / March 7)
VIDEO (5+ mins.): We Bribed Adam Rippon With Donuts For Olympic Gossip (Deadspin / March 12)
VIDEO (less than 2 mins.): Watch Adam Rippon discuss the Oscars, his hope for future gay Olympians, and more (Vanity Fair Vanities on Facebook / March 13)
VIDEO (4 mins.): Adam Rippon Tests His Knowledge of the Rink vs. The Runway (Harper’s BAZAAR on YouTube / March 14)
VIDEO (3 mins.): My Two Scents by Adam Rippon (The Players’ Tribune / March 19)
BRAVO TV’s “WATCH WHAT HAPPENS L!VE with Andy Cohen” on Tuesday, March 6 at 11 pm Eastern: Adam is one of the scheduled guests: [clips are posted on Bravo TV’s website].
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7:
Adam originally was going to be on NBC’s “THE TODAY SHOW” on Wednesday (UPDATE: re-scheduled for Thursday, March 8). He ended up talking to Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota on CNN’s NEW DAY morning program: [click here to watch his conversation via YouTube].
“AM to DM by BuzzFeed News” appearance on Wednesday, March 7 at 10:30 am Eastern: [click here to watch his 10-minute interview on Twitter].
“New York Live” TV show appearance on Wednesday, March 7: [click here to watch his 5-minute interview video].
CBS’ “THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT” (taped late afternoon) broadcast at 11:35 pm Eastern – 2 clips on YouTube:
Reese Witherspoon Meets Her Olympic Hero Adam Rippon
Adam Rippon Won An Olympic Medal And Lost A Shirt Button
Adam taped an interview on the “Michelle Collins Show” for SiriusXM Stars channel 109 that was broadcast on March 8 – 2 photos on Collins’ Instagram: [Adam sitting in the studio] [Adam gets close with Michelle].
Adam taped an interview for “Kasie DC” (MSNBC’s news and politics program hosted by Kasie Hunt) that aired on Sunday night, March 11: [click here to view the 4-minute video on YouTube].
Adam attended NBC’s “Rise” season 1 premiere in the evening [click here to view a Getty Images photo of him with Rosie Perez].
THURSDAY, MARCH 8:
ABC’s “THE VIEW” – broadcast at 11 am Eastern/10 am Central & Pacific [click here to watch Adam’s segment on YouTube].
VIDEO (7 mins.): Adam Rippon Q&A (MTV News on Twitter / March 13)
VIDEO (~2 mins.): Adam Rippon Reads His Most Extra Instagram Comments (MTV News on Twitter / March 15)
FRIDAY, MARCH 9:
VIDEO (20 mins.): Adam Rippon Competes in the Olympics of Eating Spicy Wings | Hot Ones Season 5 Episode 9 (Feast We Feast on YouTube / March 15)
VIDEO (35 mins.): The Jess Cagle Interview: Adam Rippon (People TV / March 14)
ARTICLE & CLIPS: Olympics Sensation Adam Rippon on What’s Next: a TV Career Like Ellen DeGeneres? (People / March 14)
VIDEO (11+ mins.): Adam Rippon Talks ‘DWTS’, Gus Kenworthy, Olympics & More (People TV on YouTube / March 9)
PRINT Q&A: Adam Rippon Opens Up About Dating, Unsolicited Dick Pics, and What He’s Up To Next (Thrillist / March 13)
VIDEO (4 mins.): We Put Adam Rippon’s Eyebrow Expertise to the Test in a Game of ‘Name That Brow’ (Thrillist / March 19)
VIDEO (2 mins.): A Skating Lesson at Brookfield Place (Money Magazine on Twitter / March 18)
VIDEO (2.5 mins.): Chatting at The Rink at Brookfield Place (Money Magazine on Twitter / March 12)
Chatting at The Rink at Brookfield Place (Money Magazine on Facebook / March 12)
PHOTO GALLERY: Sports Illustrated spent time in the studio and on the ice at The Rink at Brookfield Place today with Adam Rippon! (Sports Illustrated / March 9)
OTHER POST-OLYMPICS ARTICLES:
12 Questions with Adam Rippon (by TIME’s Alice Park via Yahoo! News / March 2) *A version titled “9 Questions” appeared in TIME’s March 12th U.S. print edition on page 56.*
Chloe Kim, Adam Rippon Lead Surge in Awareness For Olympic Athletes After Winter Games (Variety / February 27)
2018 Olympics News
ARTICLES, INTERVIEWS, VIDEOS, PHOTOS & EDITORIALS
The OLYMPIC CHANNEL has uploaded full event videos on their website:
TEAM EVENT MEN’S FS (Feb. 12): [Adam’s team free skate starts around the 29-minute mark]
MEN’S SP (Feb. 16): [Adam’s short program starts around the 2-hour-35-minute mark]
MEN’S FS (Feb. 17): [Adam’s free skate starts around the 2-hour-52-minute mark]
CLOSING CEREMONY PHOTOS: Gus Kenworthy Jokes New BFF Adam Rippon Is Getting ‘Clingy’ at the Olympics Closing Ceremony (People / February 25)
CLIP: CL Performs “I Am The Best” At The Closing Ceremony (with glimpse of Adam & Gus) (NBC Olympics Twitter / February 25)
PRINT INTERVIEW: ‘We got to portray who we are’: Kenworthy and Rippon on their Olympic friendship (The Guardian / February 26)
PHOTOS & QUOTES: For Olympic athletes [Kenworthy and Rippon], United puts on a big welcome at San Francisco Airport (SFGATE.com / February 27)
ADAM’S INSTAGRAM PHOTOS: Adam Rippon Gives His Mom A Medal In An Emotional Ceremony At 2018 Winter Olympics (Access Online / February 25)
CLIP: Rippon Thanks Fans (via NBC Olympics Twitter)
Friday, February 23rd appearance on The Today Show: Craig Melvin’s interview, taped in the afternoon of February 21 in Korea, with Gus Kenworthy and Adam: [WATCH the almost-4-minute segment via NBC Olympics]. Here was [TODAY show’s tweet] afterwards and [Craig Melvin’s tweet] beforehand.
NBC Nightly News interview segments with Kate Snow:
VIDEO #1: Adam Rippon on being a role model and his advice to kids (February 21)
“If you work hard, if you treat others the way that you want to be treated regardless of what they have said about you, if you set goals… and no matter what happens stay true to yourself… you can do anything.”
VIDEO #2: Adam Rippon opens up about eating disorders in figure skating (February 22)
“I knew what I was doing was wrong, but at the same time I was thinking… I’ve got to do what it takes.”
February 20 PODCAST: [click here to listen to Adam’s 7-minute segment]
On Day 11 of The Podium, Adam Rippon shares why the Olympics is an opportunity to challenge stereotypes about LGBTQ athletes, discusses his friendship with Gus Kenworthy, and tells us why he feels like the winner of the Winter Olympics [recorded on 2/18/18].
Adam was interviewed by CNBC on February 20: [click here to read the article] and [here to watch a clip].
Scott Hamilton, comedian Leslie Jones and Adam commentated in studio on Virtue and Moir’s Short Dance: [click here to watch 1.5-minute video on NBC Olympics’ Twitter]
Adam visited The Today Show again on February 19 and can be glimpsed several times in this one-minute USA Today video [Bonus Backstage Clip via Twitter here]. Here are a few more tweeted photos with the cast: [Photo 1] [Photo 2] [Photo 3] [Photo 4].
Latest NBC Olympics videos (cable authentication needed in U.S. to view):
Follow along with Adam as he goes through media day on 2/18/18 (published on February 20): [click here to watch 5-minute video]
Today Show clip (February 19): Adam Rippon honored to have shared his story with world
Olympic Ice Show clips (February 18):
Adam Rippon on the decision not to be an NBC correspondent
The secrets of Adam Rippon’s ‘witchcraft’
Adam Rippon answers everyone’s Twitter questions
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
CLIP: [Backstage moments with singer Rachel Platten (Team USA’s Twitter)
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)
VIDEO: How to get a date with Adam Rippon (CNN)
Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon responds to Sally Field’s matchmaking for her son. Jeanne Moos has an Olympic crush intervention.
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 (*This content expired on 2/28/18 9:00 PM*): 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.”
COLUMNS & ARTICLES:
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)
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)
FEBRUARY 13 NEWS:
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)
FEBRUARY 12 NEWS:
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 (*This content expired on 2/28/18 9:00 PM*): 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)
For 3 figure skaters, the road to Pyeongchang goes through Rafael Arutunian’s Lakewood workshop on ice (L.A. Times / February 4)
More quietly, Arutunian helped ease the financial stress that impeded Rippon’s path. When Rippon arrived in California a few years ago he could barely afford the gym membership he needed in order to stay in shape and he took apples and tea home from the gym so he wouldn’t go hungry. Arutunian co-signed a car rental agreement with Rippon and let him defer paying for lessons.
Rippon has flourished since then, elevating his already lyrical skating. “I wanted so badly to be an Olympian, to be a good skater and I think Rafael saw that I was willing to do whatever it would take to make that happen,” Rippon said. “And I have. It’s amazing.”
Arutunian downplayed his role in sustaining Rippon’s career.
“Adam is one of the hardest-working guys I ever met. So I knew with my experience of teaching and his hard work, it could work,” Arutunian said. “My experience would never help if he would not be that hard worker. I see he is a hard worker and I start to realize that I can help him get to Olympics. So that’s what happened.”
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)
Meet Adam Rippon, Your New Favorite Figure Skater (VICE Sports / January 17)
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)
VIDEO INTERVIEWS & CLIPS (Pre-Olympics)
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 on “ArtScene” (WVIA-FM/November 28, 2016)
VIDEO: 2016 Trophee de France Free Skate via British Eurosport (YouTube/November 12, 2016)
ARTICLE (Jean-Christophe Berlot for IceNetwork/November 12, 2016) “Rippon lands quad toe loop, earns bronze in Paris” EXCERPT:
Rippon’s program to “The Arrival of the Birds” and “O” was a pure delight. The American perfectly executed all his jumps, including his quad toe — a first for him. Skating first in the last group, he landed two triple axels and six triples in total, and three of his elements were rated Level 4.
“I just wanted to skate smooth and beautiful,” a relieved Rippon said. “I’m so proud of what I’ve done. These last years have been so much hard work. Here, I felt mature, ready, prepared. I just felt like practice.
“I’m so glad that everybody saw my quad finally. It just took 27 years!” he continued. “But I can tell you, age is just a number. This is really a big step forward for me, and a huge monkey off my back. No one can say that I’ve never landed a quad!”
Rippon flew over the ice, moving his arms as if they were wings, flexing his torso like no other man does, playing with his hands and head. Not only did he skate a perfect program — he also delivered a masterpiece on its own.
“More important to me is the storyline. At home, I focus on those technical elements, all the jumps and spins, which I let go (of) when I am here,” Rippon said. “Here, I can really think of my story.”
That fact was reflected in Rippon’s program components, which were the second highest of the field. His interpretation, for which he received a mark of 9.11, especially stood out.
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)
Champs Camp 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: Motor City morsels: Rippon’s boot meets Waterloo (*IceNetwork/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)
ARTICLE: Rippon heading home for the holidays (IceNetwork/December 20, 2010)
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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