The oldest of six children, Adam Rippon grew up in a small town just on the outskirts of Scranton, Pennsylvania. The area is best known as the home city of Dunder Miflin, the fictional paper supply company of the NBC comedy hit, ‘The Office.’
“I enjoy watching the show. It’s fun to listen for the local references. It makes me less homesick…and there really is a Cooper’s Restaurant!” He attributes helping his mother mind his three younger brothers and two younger sisters that gave him an edge off the ice when acclimating to new cities. “As a kid I saw different things I was asked to do at home as chores; now as an adult I realize that I was learning life skills like cooking, laundry, cleaning or shopping. The way I was raised made living on my own a seamless transition.” Rippon explained.
He describes one of his favorite times of year as early summer when preparations begin for a new season. He loves finding new music and working through the choreographic process to create the programs he will use in competition. This season those preparations involve new choreographers.
Rippon will start the 2012-13 season under the direction of Rafael Arutyunyan, who coached Michelle Kwan and Jeffrey Buttle. "I always admired Rafael and the students he worked with," Rippon said. His short program is to "Nessun Dorma" by Puccini and his free skate is set to various selections from the movie soundtrack from The Incredibles. Five-time U.S. ice dancing champion Michael Seibert choreographed both programs this season. "I like my programs very much this year, and I am excited that they challenged me and present a different style and a departure from past classical programs." Rippon said.
The 2011-12 season brought a new dimension to Rippon’s choreography, as he worked with Pasquale Camerlengo and Shae-Lynn Bourne. Both of them former competitive ice dancers, he described the opportunity of working with these sought after choreographers and talented coaches as “incredible” and “innovative.” Rippon's signature move is a triple Lutz that he executes with both arms on his head, popularly called the "Rippon Lutz". Rippon suggested, “Training the Lutz with both arms over my head helped me to develop the strength I needed to complete the four rotations in the quad. The Lutz has always been my favorite jump.”
After enormous success in international junior competition, winning back to back ISU World Junior titles, the 2009-10 season was Rippon’s breakthrough in the senior ranks. He won a bronze medal at Trophée Eric Bompard on the Grand Prix circuit and claimed gold at the ISU Four Continents Championships—coming from seventh place in the short program to take the title with an incredible free skating performance.
He wrapped up his season with a strong six-place finish at the 2010 World Championships. He credits his years on the junior circuit with preparing him to tackle the pressures of competition. He added an additional ISU Grand Prix medal, bronze at Skate Canada, in the 2010-11 season.
On the ice, Rippon is a gifted performer, known for his grace, innovative spins and long lines. He has an international following with many fan supported websites in Russia, Japan, and the United States and has skated in tours and shows in the U.S., Canada, South Korea, Germany, Italy and Japan.
First Competition Keystone State Games. “I remember being really nervous because I put a single lutz in my program. I wasn’t sure how it would go and then ~swish~. Single lutz, no problem.”
Favorite Meal “Hands down, tomato pizza from Colarusso's Pizza in Clarks Summit, Penn. It is the best pizza in the world. Whenever I come home, I always look forward to it.”
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