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Adam Rippon

Age: 26
Skating Experience: 17 years
Hometown: Clarks Summit, PA
Discipline: Men

The oldest of six children raised by a single mother, Adam was born deaf and underwent corrective surgery at Yale University as a child. Every winter, his mom would take the family skating. However he didn’t fall in love with the sport until he was 9 years old and, at that point, asked to take figure skating lessons. Within 10 years, Adam became a two-time World Junior champion and was making his mark on the sport. He continued to ride a wave of successes and was working toward qualifying for the Sochi Olympics when he suffered losses at the U.S. Championships in 2014. He did not qualify for the Olympics and spent the next year regrouping and reinventing himself as a skater. About the experience, Adam said, “I have learned that there is no embarrassment in making mistakes and that it’s how we react and deal with disappointments that make us champions.” Two years later, Adam’s hard work paid off as he won his first U.S. title in 2016. In addition to being a phenomenal skater, he is also a skating choreographer and has created programs for fellow Team USA athletes Ashley Wagner, Mirai Nagasu and Christina Gao. When he’s not at the rink, he enjoys running and hiking.

Career Accomplishments:

*2016 U.S. champion
*2012 and '15 U.S. silver medalist
*Two-time World Junior champion (2008-09); only man to win back-to-back World Junior titles
*2010 Four Continents champion
*2008 U.S. junior champion
*2007 Junior Grand Prix Final champion

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Twitter: @Adaripp
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