Adam Rippon is an American figure skater. He is the 2010 Four Continents champion and 2016 U.S. national champion. Earlier in his career, he won the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships, the 2007–08 Junior Grand Prix Final, and the 2008 U.S junior national title.
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I am the oldest of six children...Began skating at age 9...Have choreographed skating programs for fellow Team USA athletes Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Wagner and Christina Gao...Was born deaf and underwent corrective surgery at Yale University just before my first birthday, allowing me to hear almost perfectly..
I am the only man to win back-to-back World Junior titles (2008-09)...and I am training for the Winter Olympic Games. AMA!
Will you be my father?
Send me the adoption papers
Can you and Ashley please have your own TV show (post-Olympics, of course)?
Yes. We would love to. Have your people call my people
What's it like being an out figure skater at the moment?
Like pretty cool tbh
Who are your biggest idols in skating or otherwise?
I love Michelle Kwan! My idols today and definitely the amazing athletes I train with every day, Ashley Wagner, Mariah Bell, and Nathan Chen
What kind of music do you like to listen to when you're practicing or working out?
EDM. We need a good beat
Hi Adam, first of all I'm happy to see you back this season! The world of figure skating wasn't as shiny without you.
I'd like to ask which one is your favorite queen from Rupaul's Dragrace and which one are you channeling (if any) in your SP?
Best of luck this season!
I am challenging all the queens of drag race past and future. They give me the strength I need
Your layback is goals. Do you spin in both directions in practice? Also I’ve always wondered why/how you sort of bend and reach to the ice before entering some of your combo spins? Does that help your balance/centering?
I just spin in my own direction during practice but I do a lot of spins. I love spinning more and more as I’ve gotten older... I’ve started a rumore that I’m an amazing spinner so that I can trick everyone into believing it
Hi Adam! Big fan of your skating! My question for you is if you could change any rule under the current judging system, what would you change? Do you think there's anything that's not rewarded enough?
Thanks and good luck for the new season!! Hope to see you make it to Pyeongchang!
I dont think I’d change anything! My strategy at every competition is to get the most amount out of every element I can and, next year, get a plus 5 ;)
Your "Arrival of the Birds" program is one of my absolute favorites of all time and one of the very few that can bring me to tears no matter how many times I watch it. It's the one I show people when I want them to understand just how powerful and moving a figure skating performance can be!
Can you tell us a little bit about the creative process behind it? Thanks a lot ♥
Wow you are so sweet. Benji is amazing... we watched videos of bird movements and came up with such a great concept that people really seem to feel it. I’m so lucky to have such a great friend and such a beautiful program!
How do you feel about the potential changes that the ISU is considering for scoring in upcoming years (decreasing points for jumps and increased emphasis on artistry)?
I’m excited. Let’s get real, i’m Not known for my quads baby
Also another question I have is when are you getting a real sponsorship with VOSS?
I love my friends at Voss.. they cute
Who was your fave person to train with in Toronto? Besides Yuna Kim
Skating with Yuna was amazing... BUT WOW CHRISTINA GAO IS MY SIS
What's your life motto for always being so fabulous and confident?
If they aren’t paying your bills, pay them bitches no mind.
What's your diet like?
It’s legit just chicken and vegetables. Girl!! I got to stay thin!
What's a normal workout day for you?
I’m sort of crazy so i love working out throughout the day. I have like a medicine ball and an ab roller hiding behind my couch so I can work out at any moment if the feeling strikes me.
What are you an Ashley doing together when you have a night off? Netflix and Chill?
Usually we try and do a fun activity. I’m usually so tired from training but we force each other to leave and get outside haha
What products do you use to keep your hair so perfectly parted and styled while spinning endlessly?
R and Co... It’s amazing
Cats or dogs?
Love dogs, but like I think cats
Are you staying at the Marriott for Skate America?
I’m actually buying a tent at REI and will just camp outside
Who is your favorite DRAG QUEEN? (BTW my favorite are Jinxx and Sasha!!)
I hope that Adam, Ashley and Mirai will sit in the judge seat in the RPDR S10!!
So Important to ask this. I love Milk, Alyssa Edwards, Alaska, Lalia McQueen, Tammie Brown... Wow, just too many to answer this properly. Bianca DelRio!! Love Jinxx too
Since you travel a lot, where is your favorite place to visit (outside of the US) and why? What do you recommend doing/seeing there?
I love going to Paris. How can you beat Paris??
Favorite restaurant in LA?
My favorite places to eat are close to home in Manhattan beach.. Fusion Sushi, Mangiamo, The Strand house.. check them out if you’re ever in the area! Tell them I sent you
Are there any particular songs that you've always wanted to work into a program but haven't yet?
None I can think of off the top of my head. Now that I’m a little older, I usually just skate to whatever I want. I am liberated.
How much is too much to spend on shoes?
Like too much. I’m a shoe obsessed person.
This is your third Olympic cycle. What have you learned over the years about how best to stay sane during an Olympic season?
I’ve learned to not take myself so damn seriously. I am mature and have so much experience. I’ve learned to go out in every competition and give everything 100 percent. Third times a charm ;)
Will we ever get to hear your cover of Diamonds?
Maybe I need to do a reveal on instagram or something?
Was your amazing thief-themed performance from Stars On Ice this year inspired by anything in particular?
Can you tell Braden overett to mass produce male skating apparel plz? It’s dry out here for us male skaters without talented seamstresses on retainer lol
YES THE WORLD NEEDS MORE MESH
Hello! I'm a big fan - just started taking lessons over the summer with one of my roommates and it's been really fun. Besides winning competitions and getting to express yourself so well on the ice, what's been the best part of being involved with figure skating for you? Thanks! :)
Literally just being on the ice is so freeing. It’s my favorite part!
What are some of your favourite programs (from any discipline!) that you have gotten to see over the years?
Omg so hard to answer... Ashley Wagner 2015 Nationals Long, Nathan Chen 2017 Nationals Long, Yuna Kim 2010 Olympics Long, Joannie Rouchette 2010 Olympics short, ummmm.... Jeff Buttle 2008 worlds long... the list goes on and on
Thank you for reply!!
I also love milk! She is a former figure skater. Have you ever met her?
Did you enjoy the AAA show?
RPDR All stars 3's members will be announced this Friday. I'm excited!!!!
I cant wait for this Friday! And loved the AAA show.. and also love Milk! We are friends :)))
HI ADAM! My question is what's your best workout for gettin those QUADS?
Hey Adam! I'm also 27, but I just started learning how to skate this year. How do you get past the fear of falling? I haven't had any major falls yet, but my skating friends' injuries include a sprained wrist, a dislocated knee, and a concussion (this is the first year skating for all of us). I can deal with sprained wrists and stuff, but head injuries are scary.
Do you have any thoughts/recommendations on head protection? Do you ever use head protection?
I'm really glad to see you back in action this year. Good luck at NHK!
Always be aware of your balance, if you feel like you need to wear protection dont be embarrassed. Better safe than sorry!
When will you be dyeing your hair again?? I need content 😂❤️
HAHAHA... It needs a break but maybe I should start buying wigs to help you out
Do you consider to compete at Golden Spin in Zagreb? Wish you a great season!
Probably not this year.. But i love going to Zagreb!
How long have you and Ashley known each other?
More than 10 years but feels like 100
There is one right answer: Is there such a thing as too much mesh?
Is there any song you would love to skate to but for some reason you can't?
I skate to whatever my heart feels! YOU SHOULD TOO
What happened to your planned program of you covering Rihanna? I was so excited! Will we see it at all in exhibition or anything else?
You will def see it sometime soon... I need the world to hear me belt those notes!
Is there a song you would really like to skate to either on a competition or just a gala? Love you, Hi from Norway❤️ Also, don’t stop posting stories with Ashley, I love them😂😍
I’ll never stop posting stories hahaha.... I’m going to be using the cover of Diamonds that I sang as my exhibition this year and MAYBEEEEE use it in competition soon!
Hi Adam! What song would you choose if you had to lip-sync for your life?
I don’t want it at all, Kim Petras
1) I did an AMA before it was cool.
2) Date me.
3) Who is your Olympic crush?
1, sad i missed it, 2, ok, 3, myself
Also, what is your favourite and least favourite skating elements?
Love doing laybacks and Rippon lutzes 🙆🏼♂️
Least fav... camel spins
Hey Adam! Whenever you visit Chicago where do you like to hangout?
I LOVE Chicago! Love going to summer house Santa Monica, and going to the athletic club!
If you could be at the same level you are now, what other winter Olympic sport would you do?
Tinder swiping... I’be heard they’re considering adding it to the games in 2018!
Have you heard of the anime Yuri on Ice that focuses on Japanese and other world renowned ice skaters competing for the Grand Prix.
If asked to be a character model or choreographer, would you be open to do it?
IN A HEART BEAT.