It was Adam Rippon's Olympics debut, and his performance for the men's free skate during the team event on Feb. 11 was absolutely breathtaking. Skating to "Arrival of the Birds/Exodus" by The Cinematic Orchestra and "O" by Coldplay, the 28-year-old landed not one but two triple axels during his flawless routine, helping the U.S. earn a bronze medal in the figure skating team competition.
The above video is the same routine performed during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. As you can see, he falls during his first jump, but it gives you a sense of his pure grace and ability to be simultaneously strong and fluid. Adam will perform the program again during the men's free skate on Feb.16.
The internet was buzzing over his vibrant energy during this amazing performance!
watching that Adam Rippon skate pic.twitter.com/mtif7PeCbM— Megan Schuster (@megschuster) February 12, 2018
Some people were not at all impressed with the judges and got all fired up. They felt that "Rippon got ripped off" and robbed of a first-place finish in his category because he didn't fall once, like his competitors, Russian skater Mikhail Kolyada and Canadian skater Patrick Chan. Adam's lower score may have been because the judges felt his routine was not as technically difficult since he didn't attempt any quad jumps.
Can someone please explain how the skaters that are making a lot of mistakes and falling, still getting better scores than #AdamRippon that skated perfectly???🤔— Alicia Salazar (@Albeehonest) February 12, 2018
v proud of this guy pic.twitter.com/rlTk6is3Cy— Black Lives Matter (@guskenworthy) February 12, 2018
Now Adam has his attention laser-focused on his next competition, individual figure skating, where he has a chance to win gold. We know we'll be watching!