Adam Rippon’s sacrifices = silver reward

Figure skater Adam Rippon had to overcome plenty of obstacles on his way to an Olympic silver medal.(Photo by Tim O'Shei.)

Figure skater Adam Rippon had to overcome plenty of obstacles on his way to an Olympic silver medal.
(Photo by Tim O’Shei.)

As an Olympic silver medalist, American figure skater Adam Rippon knows plenty about handling the spotlight, dealing with pressure and obstacles, and turning inspiration into results. LSY! sports editor Hailey Rose Gattuso caught up with Adam at the Progressive Skating & Gymastics Spectacular, where he performed alongside fellow champion skaters, several superstar gymnasts from the 2012 London Olympics, and pop-rock acts R5 and The Fresh Beat Band.

Here’s their conversation:

What is the biggest misconception people have about fame?

Adam: The biggest misconception people have about fame is probably that famous people are different, not normal people. I consider myself kind of famous in the skating world, but by getting here and meeting the gymnasts that just got back from London and had so much success, you see they are just normal girls and guys. I think this is a really great opportunity for the two worlds to meet, and to let loose and have fun. (Editor’s note: The skating and gymnastics show airs Jan. 20 on NBC and will be rebroadcast in February. Check here for more information.)

What are some struggles you’ve had to overcome in your journey to this point in your skating career?

Adam: I’ve moved multiple times for different coaching situations. You know, it’s been tough. I left my family when I was 13 to start traveling and training. I see it as something I really wanted to do and I was really passionate about skating so I never really saw it as a sacrifice. If I had to go back and do it all over again I would.

How do you use your fame to inspire people to believe in things that are important to you?

Adam: I really like to skate and I hope the passion and programs and things I do help inspire people and put them in a better mood, just to make them feel better for four minutes. I like to get involved in different charities and organizations that put on charitable events. We do one that supports breast cancer research and it is one that I look forward to every year.

What advice would you give to kids who want to make it to your level?

Adam: I would say not to give up and to keep your eyes on your own page. Focus on your own goals and believe it can happen. Work hard because anything is possible.

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