Adam Rippon, born November 11, 1989, in in Scranton, Pennsylvania, 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. Rippon was selected to represent USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This makes him the first openly gay American athlete to qualify for any Winter Olympics.
The oldest of six children, he was born with severe hearing loss but underwent surgery at Yale University just before his first birthday, allowing him to hear almost perfectly. Rippon started to skate when he was ten years old; his mother skated and brought him along to the rink. He was coached by Yelena Sergeeva from 2000 to 2007.
Rippon’s signature move is a 3Lz that he executes with both arms above his head, colloquially dubbed the “Rippon Lutz”.He is capable of performing the 3Lz-2T-2Lo 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 competent lay-back spin.
On October 2, 2015, Rippon publicly came out as gay.