Adam Rippon

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Adam Rippon
Adam Rippon 2009 TEB.jpg
Rippon on the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard podium.
Personal information
Full name Adam Rippon
Country represented United States
Born (1989-11-11) November 11, 1989 (age 24)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Home town Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Coach Rafael Arutyunyan
Former coach Jason Dungjen
Yuka Sato
Brian Orser
Nikolai Morozov
Yelena Sergeeva
Choreographer Michael Seibert
Former choreographer Shae-Lynn Bourne
Pasquale Camerlengo
David Wilson
Sébastien Britten
Nikolai Morozov
Olga Orlova
Yelena Sergeeva
Skating club Skating Club of New York
Training locations Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Former training locations Toronto, Hackensack, New Jersey
Began skating November 1999
World standing 11 (As of 16 June 2011)[1]
Season's bests 18 (2011–2012)[2]
7 (2010–2011)[3]
11 (2009–2010)[4]
11 (2008–2009)[5]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 241.24
2013 Skate America
Short program 82.25
2013 NHK Trophy
Free skate 160.98
2013 Skate America

Adam Rippon (born November 11, 1989) is an American figure skater. He is the 2010 Four Continents champion, the 2012 U.S. silver medalist, the 2008 and 2009 World Junior champion, the 2008 U.S. junior national champion, and the 2007–2008 Junior Grand Prix Final champion.

Personal life[edit]

Adam Rippon was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is the eldest of six children.[6] Rippon was born deaf but underwent surgery at Yale University when he was young which allows him to hear almost perfectly. He started to skate at age ten because his mother skated and brought him along to the rink.[7][8]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Rippon started to skate at age 10 because his mother skated and brought him along to the rink. He was coached by Yelena Sergeeva from 2000–2007.[9]

In the 2004–2005 season, Adam Rippon won the silver medal on the novice level at the 2005 U.S. Championships.

In the 2005–2006 season, Rippon debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. He competed at the 2005–2006 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Croatia and placed 6th. He was not assigned to a second Junior Grand Prix event. At the 2006 U.S. Championships, he finished 11th at the junior level. In the 2006–2007 season, Rippon did not compete on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. He placed 6th on the junior level at the 2007 U.S. Championships. Following the event, he left Sergeeva and began working with Nikolai Morozov in February 2007 at the Ice House in Hackensack, New Jersey.[7][10]

2007–2008 season[edit]

In the 2007–2008 season, Rippon competed on the 2007–2008 ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. At his first event, the Harghita Cup in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania, he won the gold medal. He then won the silver medal at the Sofia Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria. These two medals qualified him for the 2007–2008 Junior Grand Prix Final. At that event, Rippon won the gold medal, and became the first man to break 200 points at a Junior level competition.

He went on to the 2008 U.S. Championships, where he won the Junior title.[11] The Professional Skaters Association recognized Rippon as having the best men's free skate.[12] He earned a trip to the 2008 Junior Worlds, where he won the gold medal.[10] He was the second American man in a row to win the title, after Stephen Carriere, and the first man in years to win that title without attempting a triple axel jump.[citation needed]

2008–2009 Season[edit]

Rippon moved up to the senior level in the 2008–2009 season. In the Grand Prix season he was assigned to compete at the 2008 Skate America where he placed eighth, and the 2008 Cup of Russia where he placed third in the short program and fifth overall. In late November 2008, Rippon left Morozov. In December 2008, he moved to Toronto, Canada to begin training with Brian Orser at the Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club.[13] Rippon officially announced his coaching change on January 2, 2009.[14]

At the 2009 U.S. Championships, his senior level national debut, he placed seventh. He was named to the team for the 2009 Junior World Championships. At Junior Worlds, in his two programs, he landed a total of three triple axel jumps, one in combination with a double toe loop. He won the competition overall, scoring 222.00 points, becoming the first single skater to win two World Junior titles.[15]

2009–2010 season[edit]

Rippon sprained his ankle during the summer and missed some training time.[16] For the 2009–2010 season, Rippon was assigned to two Grand Prix events. At the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard, he landed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a triple axel and a triple lutz in the short program and placed third in that segment of the competition.[17] In the free skate, he landed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a triple axel-double toe loop combination, a triple loop, a triple axel, a triple lutz, a triple lutz-double toe loop-double loop combination, a double axel and a triple salchow to place third in that segment of the competition.[18] Rippon won the bronze medal with a total score of 219.96 points.

At the 2009 NHK Trophy, Rippon placed eighth in the short program with a score of 67.15, after falling on the triple axel. He placed fifth in the free skate with a score of 130.46, completing seven triples including the triple axel in combination.[19] Rippon placed sixth overall with a total score of 197.61 points.

At the 2010 U.S. Championships, he placed fourth in the short program with a score of 72.91 points after doubling with his triple lutz and falling in his footwork sequence. In the free skate, he completed eight triples and placed fourth in that segment of the competition with a score of 152.16 points.[20] He finished fifth overall earning 225.07 points. Rippon was assigned to the 2010 Four Continents Championships.[21]

At the 2010 Four Continents Championships, he placed seventh in the short program with a score of 69.56 points. In the free skate, he completed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a triple axel-double toe loop combination, a triple loop, a triple axel, a triple lutz, a triple lutz-double toe loop-double loop combination, a double axel and a downgraded triple salchow to place first in that segment of that competition.[22] He won the gold medal with a total score of 225.78 points.

Rippon competed at the 2010 World Championships. He placed seventh in the short program with 80.11 points after landing a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a triple axel and a triple lutz. In the free skate he came in fifth place with 231.47 points after executing triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a triple axel-double toe loop combination, a triple loop, a triple axel, a triple lutz, a triple lutz-double toe loop-double loop combination, a double axel and a triple salchow. Overall he placed sixth with 231.47 points.

2010–2011 season[edit]

Rippon began his season at the Japan Open, where he finished ahead of Daisuke Takahashi and Evgeni Plushenko.[23] His assigned Grand Prix events for the 2010–2011 ISU Grand Prix season were the 2010 Skate Canada International and the 2010 Skate America.[24]

At the 2010 Skate Canada International, Rippon had a collision with Patrick Chan during the morning practice before the short program but stated, "That was definitely the most exciting collision, maybe not the most dangerous."[25] He placed third in the short program with 77.53 points after executing a triple axel, a triple flip-triple toe loop combination and a triple lutz. He placed second in the free skate earning 155.51 points nailing a triple axel-double toe loop combination, a double axel, a triple lutz, a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a triple lutz-double toe loop-double loop combination, a triple loop and a triple salchow but stepping out of his second triple axel. He won the bronze medal overall scoring 233.04 points, a new personal best.

At the 2010 Skate America, Rippon placed third in the short program with 73.94 points. He stepped out of his triple axel, but executed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a triple lutz and all his spins were graded a level four.

At the 2011 U.S. Championships, Rippon finished 5th and was assigned to the 2011 Four Continents but missed the World team. He was also 5th at Four Continents.

On April 1, 2011, Rippon announced he would no longer be coached by Orser but would remain at the same club coached by Ghislain Briand, with whom he had already worked for over two years.[9][26] On June 16, 2011, Rippon announced he was leaving Toronto to train with Jason Dungjen at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, having been impressed with the facilities while working with DCS-based choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo.[23][27][28] While looking for an apartment, he stayed with his friend Alissa Czisny.[29] During the off-season, he worked on a quad lutz.[29][30]

2011–2012 season[edit]

In the 2011–2012 season, Rippon was assigned to 2011 Skate Canada and 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard as his Grand Prix events. He opened the season with a 4th place finish at Skate Canada. This competition marked Rippon's first attempt at including a quad jump in his free program. He was unsuccessful with the quad lutz attempt. At Trophée Bompard, he was 4th in the short program, 3rd in the long, and finished 4th overall. Rippon won the silver medal at the 2012 U.S. Championships. He finished 4th at Four Continents and 13th at Worlds.

2012–2013 season[edit]

In September 2012, Rippon announced a coaching change, moving to train with Rafael Arutyunyan in Lake Arrowhead, California.[31][32] At the 2012 Cup of China, Rippon collided with China's Song Nan – who sustained a concussion and withdrew – a minute into the final warm up before the free skate.[33][34] Rippon said, "I kind of turned around to go into a jump and I think when Nan Song and I saw each other we both tried to avoid each other, but we went in the same way and we went head first into each other."[33] Rippon finished 4th at the event and 8th at the 2012 NHK Trophy. At the 2013 U.S. Championships, he landed three triple Axels and finished 5th.[35] He was assigned to the 2013 Four Continents but withdrew after sustaining an ankle injury on February 2, 2013.[36]

2013-2014[edit]

In October 2013, Rippon competed at the 2013 Skate America. He was third in both the short and the free, setting personal bests in both. It was enough to win the silver medal, 25 points behind the winner, Japanese Tatsuki Machida. It is his highest placement in a GP event to date.

Signature moves[edit]

Rippon's signature move is a triple lutz that he executes with both arms on his head, colloquially dubbed the "Rippon Lutz".[37][38] He is capable of performing the triple lutz-double toe loop-double loop combination with one hand over his head in all three jumps (colloquially the "'Tano Lutz" after Brian Boitano, who invented the move). He is also one of the few men able to do a donut spin.

Programs[edit]

Rippon performs his short program to Jonathan Livingston Seagull at the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships.
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2012–2013 The Incredibles:
2011–2012
2010–2011
2009–2010
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    by Samuel Barber
    choreo. by David Wilson
2008–2009
2007–2008
  • Toccata and Fugue in D minor
    by Johann Sebastian Bach
    choreo. by Nikolai Morozov

  • I'll Still be Diggin' On James Brown
    by Tubes in Town
    choreo. by Nikolai Morozov
2006–2007
2005–2006
  • Just for You
    by Giovanni
    choreo. by Yelena Segeeva
2004–2005
2003–2004
2002–2003

Competitive highlights[edit]

Rippon (center) at the 2007–08 Junior Grand Prix Final podium.
Results[41]
International
Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013-14
Worlds 6th 13th
Four Continents 1st 5th 4th WD 8th
GP Bompard 3rd 4th
GP Cup of China 4th
GP NHK Trophy 6th 8th 4th
GP Rostelecom 5th
GP Skate America 8th 4th 2nd
GP Skate Canada 3rd 4th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 1st 1st
JGP Final 1st
JGP Bulgaria 2nd
JGP Croatia 6th
JGP Romania 1st
Triglav 1st J.
National
U.S. Champ. 2nd N. 11th J. 6th J. 1st J. 7th 5th 5th 2nd 5th 8th
U.S. Jr. Ch. 7th Ju. 6th I.
East. Sect. 1st N. 3rd J. 1st J.
SA Regionals 4th Ju. 4th I. 4th N. 1st J. 1st J.
Team events
Japan Open 2T / 1P
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
Levels: Ju. = Juvenile; I. = Intermediate; N. = Novice; J. = Junior
SA Regionals = South Atlantic Regionals
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

Post-2009[edit]

2013–2014 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 20–26, 2014 2014 ISU Four Continents Championships 8
72.90
8
140.30
8
213.20
January 5–12, 2014 2014 United States Figure Skating Championships 6
77.58
7
144.61
8
222.19
November 8–10, 2013 2013 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy 4
82.25
4
151.46
4
233.71
October 18–20, 2013 2013 ISU Grand Prix Skate America 3
80.26
3
160.98
2
241.24
2012–2013 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 17–29, 2013 2013 United States Figure Skating Championships 6
76.65
6
153.22
5
229.87
November 23–25, 2012 2012 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy 8
67.89
8
142.58
8
210.47
November 2–4, 2012 2012 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China 4
71.81
4
133.67
4
205.48
2010–2011 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 15–20, 2011 2011 ISU Four Continents Championships 4
72.71
5
137.30
5
210.01
January 22–30, 2011 2011 United States Figure Skating Championships 9
66.26
3
153.78
5
220.04
November 11–14, 2010 2010 ISU Grand Prix Skate America 3
73.94
7
129.18
4
203.12
October 28–31, 2010 2010 ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada 3
77.53
2
155.51
3
233.04
October 2, 2010 Japan Open (individual) 1
166.63
2009–2010 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 22–28, 2010 2010 ISU World Championships 7
80.11
5
151.36
6
231.47
January 25–31, 2010 2010 ISU Four Continents Championships 7
69.56
1
156.22
1
225.78
January 14–24, 2010 2010 United States Figure Skating Championships 4
72.91
4
152.16
5
225.07
November 5–8, 2009 2009 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy 8
67.15
5
130.46
6
197.61
October 15–18, 2009 2009 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard 3
75.82
3
144.14
3
219.96

Pre-2009[edit]

2008–2009 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 23 – March 1,
2009
2009 ISU World Junior Championships Junior 1
74.30
1
147.70
1
222.00
January 18–25, 2009 2009 United States Figure Skating Championships Senior 12
62.22
6
131.54
7
193.76
November 21–23, 2008 2008 ISU Grand Prix Cup of Russia Senior 3
71.62
5
136.31
5
207.93
October 23–26, 2008 2008 ISU Grand Prix Skate America Senior 8
59.60
7
115.22
8
174.82
2007–2008 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 25 – March 2,
2008
2008 ISU World Junior Championships Junior 1
69.35
1
130.55
1
199.90
January 20–27, 2008 2008 United States Figure Skating Championships Junior 1
71.33
1
142.43
1
213.76
December 6–9, 2007 2007–2008 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 1
68.43
1
134.77
1
203.20
October 3–6, 2007 2007 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Bulgaria Junior 1
64.41
2
123.26
2
187.67
September 6–9, 2007 2007 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Romania Junior 1
64.61
1
121.33
1
185.94
2006–2007 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 21–28, 2007 2007 United States Figure Skating Championships Junior 7
52.82
7
105.68
6
158.50
November 16–18, 2006 2007 Eastern Sectional Championships Junior 1
60.81
1
116.88
1
177.69
October 16–21, 2006 2007 South Atlantic Regional Championships Junior 1
50.85
1
88.59
139.44
2005–2006 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 7–15, 2006 2006 United States Figure Skating Championships Junior 8
49.54
12
84.65
11
134.19
October 6–9, 2005 2005 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Croatia Junior 6
48.85
5
97.72
6
146.57
November 16–19, 2005 2006 Eastern Sectional Championships Junior 3
52.39
2
98.89
3
151.28
October 26–29, 2005 2006 South Atlantic Regional Championships Junior 1 1 1
2004–2005 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
April 13–17, 2005 2005 Triglav Trophy Junior 4 1 1
January 9–16, 2005 2005 United States Figure Skating Championships Novice 1 2 2
November 18–20, 2004 2005 Eastern Sectional Championships Novice 1 1 1
October 5–9, 2004 2005 South Atlantic Regional Championships Novice 2 4 4
  • SP = Short program; FS = Free skating

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