Adam Rippon dazzles on and off the ice in Olympic debut

Adam Rippon dazzles on and off the ice in Olympic debut

Adam Rippon dazzles on and off the ice in Olympic debut

Rippon is the men's free skate representative in Sunday's team competition, taking over for Chen who skated the short program portion.

As previously reported, Olympic figure skaters are performing to music with lyrics for the first time at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, due to a recent rule change. He didn't try a quadruple jump - which was a good thing, even though it hurt him compared with his top competitors - but his program was lyrical and majestic and just what Rippon dreamed of.

Then, last but hardly least, the sister-brother team of Maia and Alex Shibutani did their part, finishing second in the dance to Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to put the finishing touches on the American bronze medal.

Rippon's score was 172.98.

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Rippon, replacing US champion Nathan Chen, had a fluid and steady routine, said he was pleased he was able to keep Team USA in the hunt for a medal.

"When athletes come out and say that they're gay, it makes it a little more normal and less of a big deal - especially in the athletic community", he told the magazine. "More than that - to help get Team USA that medal".

"I'm proud to be on this team". "Going into it, I was like a train, get on those tracks and get some speed".

"Maybe it's the Japanese genetics - but lucky for me I'm American, so I'll be the first USA lady", she said after her performance. We have a great team.

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With Zagitova's flawless performance, the Russians also clinched the silver.

At the end of her routine, Nagasu triumphantly threw her hands in the air and a bright, exuberant smile spread across her face. Nagasu became just the third woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, and the first American woman.

Adam Rippon made his Olympic debut in the figure skating team event.

Clearly overjoyed, the 24-year-old Nagasu, who was skating at her second Olympics, pumped her fists and grinned as she skated off the ice.

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