Photos: Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon Through the Years

It might be hard to believe after he dazzled the world with a jaw-dropping performance that put the United States in a position to win a medal in Pyeongchang, but Adam Rippon just wasn't all that into figure skating as a kid.

9 photos
1/9
Family Photos/KNBC-TV
Adam Rippon grew up in Pennsylvania before moving to Southern California and delivering a memorable performance in Pyeongchang.
2/9
Courtesy Adam Rippon
A young Adam Rippon playing baseball. Rippon wasn't all that interested in figure skating as a child growing up in Pennsylvania.
3/9
EFE
Adam Rippon is seen playing on a snow bank in this family photo. Born in 1989, Rippon suffered from an eye infection and hearing loss. Both were corrected before his first birthday.
4/9
Courtesy Adam Rippon
Figure skater Adam Rippon, pictured right, is one of six siblings. In addition to his early eye and hearing problems, Rippon also suffered from a severe respiratory condition and his appendix burst at age 5.
5/9
Courtesy Adam Rippon
Scott Hamilton is pictured here with a future Olympian, Adam Rippon.
6/9
Courtesy Adam Rippon
Figure skater Adam Rippon is seen performing here in 2007. His interested in the sport grew after he began learning how to skate around age 10. He won the 2008 and 2009 world junior championships.
7/9
Courtesy Adam Rippon
A collection of figure skating program photos of figure skating star Adam Rippon. Rippon finished fifth at nationals in 2010 and did not go to the Vancouver Olympics.
8/9
Courtesy Adam Rippon
A collection of photos from Adam Rippon figure skating performances. After missing out on Vancouver, Rippon faced disappointment again, failing to qualify for Sochi in 2014.
9/9
Kenny Homes/KNBC
Adam Rippon is pictured in his team skate performance at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang. After missing out on Vancouver and Sochi, redemption came with Rippon's first event in Pyeongchang.
Contact Us