Adam Rippon made his Olympic debut on Monday and helped Team USA secure the bronze medal.
The 28-year-old rookie finished third in the men’s free skate with 172.98 points contributing to the team score. Mikhail Kolyada for Olympic Athletes of Russia came in second and Canada’s Patrick Chan scored the top spot.
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While Rippon made the top three, some viewers were upset judges scored Kolyada and Chan higher than Rippon, even though both figure skaters fell.
I’m about done with figure skating. The American was amazing (and didn’t even come close to falling), yet he’s behind two dudes who hit the ice. I just don’t get it #Olympics #WinterOlympics pic.twitter.com/U56ePCTnQp
— Michael Wooten (@wgrzMichael) February 12, 2018
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Rippon has also been a star off the ice with his candid interviews. In an interview with NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico, Rippon was asked what was on his mind when the competition started.
“I want to throw up,” Rippon replied. “I want to go over to the judges and say, ‘Can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink. I’ll be fine.’ But I kept it together. I just took it one element at a time.”
Adam Rippon why would you say this to everyone watching around the world? Give me a Xanax and a drink 😮 What does everyone think about this rant? Rt answers if its ok or not ok. Thank you all for your honesty my peeps. Lil boys & girls looking up to you #representUSA #BeALeader pic.twitter.com/Z2O9YyBpLq
— Joe Mendez (@2jmen10) February 12, 2018
Rippon also revealed that the last Olympics he and Mirai Nagasu, who became the first American woman to nail a triple axel in the competition on Monday, were disappointed to not be competing and ate burgers on Nagasu’s rooftop.
“And tonight, you know, the Olympics are truly magical, because we came out here tonight, and—we’re roommates here, staying at the Olympic Village—we gave each other a hug, and I said, “You know, Mirai, we’re here! We did it!” And we both went out there and we both had these great skates today. To do that for our team is just, like—it’s so amazing,” Rippon says.
In another interview, Rippon “highly recommends” coming to the Olympics.
— Joe Lynch (@branniganlynch) February 12, 2018