Adam Rippon: Career, Personal Life & Facts

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As a former figure skater and a current coach, Adam Rippon considers himself to be more than just a typical athlete. And indeed, he is more to it! 

He can also be called the social butterfly or the life of the party, thanks to his high-level energy. As the sources say, Adam rose to fame right after his 2018 performance in the Olympics. 

Adam Rippon
Adam Rippon (Source: Instagram)

However, every individual is aware of his confidence and dedication to his work. Before we dive right into Adam’s career and life, let us get through a quick dose of facts. 

Quick Facts

Full Name Adam Richard Rippon
Date of Birth November 11, 1989
Birth Place Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Nick Name America’s Sweetheart
Religion Catholic 
Nationality American 
Ethnicity White
Zodiac Sign  Scorpio
Age 34 Years Old
Height 1.70 meters (5 feet 7 inches)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Hair Color Dark Brown 
Eye Color Dark Brown 
Build Athletic 
Father’s Name Rick Rippon
Mother’s Name Kelly Rippon
Siblings Five siblings
(Two named: Brady Rippon and Dagny Rippon)
Education A Catholic elementary school called “Our Lady of Peace.”
Marital Status Married 
Life Partner Jussi-Pekka Kajaala
Kids None
Profession Former figure skater
Current coach
Skating Club  Skating Club of New York
Coach  Rafael Arutyunyan, Vera Arutyunyan, Nadia Kanaeva, and more
Choreographer Jeffrey Buttle, Benji Schwimmer, and more
Active Years November 1999 – November 19, 2018
Net Worth $4 million
Merch Beautiful on the Outside
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Last Update  February 2024

Body Measurements

Adam Rippon has an athletic body with a lean figure. He stands at 1.70 meters (5 feet 7 inches) while weighing 68 kg (150 lb). 

In the meantime, Adam’s physique has been generating buzz all over. 


When it comes to workouts, Adam is dedicated to it; however, he is not a morning person. He often works alongside Steve Zim, a Hollywood fitness trainer, for his workout routines. 

He does medicine ball work, Russian twists, weights, and many more. Often his workout comprises crunches (20 reps), penguins (20 reps), hollow hold, and toe touches (10 reps). 

A set of planks usually follows it. However, it starts with a breathing warm-up, ab stretches, and small situps. 

Talking about his cosmetics, Adam follows his multi-step skincare routine. Well, he uses the products from Lab Series moisturizer, tinted sunscreen from Supergoop, and a BB cream from It Cosmetics. 


Adam Rippon had an inconsistent meal and diet routine in his early years. He would start his day with a particular blend of green juice during his normal days. 

Adam starts his day with a daily diet of three slices of bread topped with margarine and three cups of coffee during his intense days. Following it, he has six packs of Splenda.

After the workout, Adam eats protein — chicken, fish, or beef and salad. Likewise, he gets his carbs from fruits and vegetables, like yams.

Adam Rippon | Early Life

Rippon (fully named Adam Richard Rippon) was born on November 11, 1989, under the star sign of Scorpio. He comes from a large and loving Pennsylvania family. 

Among six children, he is the eldest son of Rick Rippon and Kelly Rippon. Both of his parents are entrepreneurs. 

His mother, Kelly, is a life coach who is a hypnotherapist, whereas his father, Rick, runs a company that gives online services to police departments.

Adam as a kid
Adam as a kid (Source: Instagram)

Kelly is a certified graduate of Coach University, Burnham, England, the world’s most respected leader in life and executive coach training programs.

Adam grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with five siblings. During the early childhood era of Adam’s life, he had several health problems. 

Rippon was born with an eye infection and an 80 percent hearing loss. Lucky enough, both of these problems were corrected before his first birthday. 

Not long after, Adam also survived a severe respiratory condition, and his appendix burst at age five. 

Rippon attended a Catholic elementary school called “Our Lady of Peace.” Well, he was also homeschooled and later transferred to public school. 

Adam Rippon | Career

Rippon commenced early in his skating at the young age of ten. At the age of ten, his mother gifted him with his first pair of ice skates, which got him all started. 

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Junior Career

Adam Rippon initially was coached by Yelena Sergeeva from 2000 to 2007. He gained his foremost silver medal at the Novice level at the 2005 U.S. Championships. 

The same year, Adam competed in the Junior Division and got his first gold medal. Likewise, Adam debuted for the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit in the 2005-06 season. 

By the end of the year 2007, he left working with Yelena and began working with Nikolai Morozov. Following it, Adam partook in the Grand Prix season, Cup of Russia, and many more. 

Again, by the end of 2009, he officially announced his coaching change. 

Senior Debut

For the first time in 2009, Adam Rippon debuted for the senior national title at the 2009 U.S. Championships. At the same time, he also bagged his two World Junior titles. 

The next season in 2009-10, Adam attended two Grand Prix events, winning bronze in both events. Adam bagged a gold medal at the 2010 Four Continents. Later, he started his next season at the Japan Open and won bronze at the event. 

In 2011, Adam trained in the US at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He met his choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo and worked under the charge of Jason Dungjen. 

Rippon practicing on the ice
Rippon practicing on the ice (Source: Instagram)

Following it, his other medal came at the 2012 U.S. Championships as he bagged silver. Not long after, he changed his coach again and started working under Rafael Arutyunyan in Lake Arrowhead, California. 

In 2013-14, Adam captured his silver medal setting his personal best at the 2013 Skate America. Again, he finished first in the 2014 CS Finlandia Trophy while he became the second overall. 

Before entering the Four Continents team and the Worlds team, Adam stood second at U.S. Championships. The next year, he had another gold at the 2016 U.S. Championships. 

Right after, he bagged bronze at both of his Grand Prix competitions and finished 6th at the event in Marseille, France.


The season 2017-18 is one of the crucial events of Adam’s life and also the near end of his career. He started strong that season with the bronze medal in the 2017 CS Finlandia Trophy.

Following it, he had silver medals in both of his Grand Prix assignments.

By the 2018 U.S. Championships, Adam Rippon became one of three men selected to represent the USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. There he bagged the bronze medal in the figure skating team event.


On January 6, 2017, Adam sprained his left ankle during an off-ice warm-up. Back then, he fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot.

As a result, he had to step down from the 2017 U.S. Championships. 

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Adam Rippon retired from his competitive figure skating career on November 19, 2018. For most of his career, Adam has struggled with retirement news. 

When Adam did actually retire, he stated that he did have loads of opportunities waiting for him. 

“You will look in the mirror, and you will see someone you like. You will look in the mirror and finally see a winner looking back at you. Now go out and conquer the world. I’m always going to stay involved in skating. It’s always going to be a part of me, and it’s a part of who I am for the past 20 years.”
– Adam Rippon 

Post Retirement

Right after his retirement, Rippon stood as a judge on “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors. Well, that show premiered in October and will run until early December.

He also became one of the celebrities who competed in season 26 of Dancing with the Stars. Back then, he partnered with Jenna Johnson and also won the competition. 

All throughout the moment, Adam Rippon used his stardom to advocate equality and received the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Visibility Award. 

Beautiful On The Outside
Beautiful on the Outside (Source: Instagram)

At present, Adam is a second coach to Mariah Bell. He has been on the journey since the 2021-2022 season.

Adam Rippon | Net Worth 

Well, Adam Rippon’s earnings are unknown; however, he maintains a net worth of about $4 million. In the meantime, he only wears clothing from the Team USA brand sponsors Nike and Ralph Lauren.

Additionally, he is sponsored by the luxe vodka brand Ketel One.

Adam started to make donations to the Okra Project in 2020. This event helped underprivileged black transgender people. 

Later, he again made another $1,000 donation under the name of Russian skater Alexei Yagudin. This occurred when Alexei called out Adam as “mistakes of nature” on Instagram and wished him to die. 

However, Alexei did delete the post later on. 

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  • Dancing with the Stars (Season 26 and the winner)
  • Will & Grace (Season 10; Episode 8)
  • Ridiculousness (Season 11; Episode 1)
  • Dancing with the Stars: Juniors (Season 1 as a judge)
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 11; Episode 6 as a guest judge and choreographer)
  • You Need to Calm Down (Taylor Swift Music Video)
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 7 and 8)
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 16: Episode 2)
  • This Day in Useless Celebrity History (as the host)
  • The Eric Andre Show (Episode 1 of season 5)
  • Sugar Rush (Christmas Season 2 as the guest judge)
  • Messyness (as a co-host)
  • Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered

Adam Rippon | Personal Life

Rippon stated that he had initially dated South Korean Olympic champion Yuna Kim while training in Toronto. It was before he came out as gay. 

Moving on, Adam started dating Jussi-Pekka Kajaala, who he met through the tinder date. After dating, the duo moved in to live together in LA. 

As per the sources, the duo had their first kiss in Los Angeles in 2018 when Kajaala traveled to the U.S. to meet his love.

Adam with his husband
Adam with his husband (Source: Instagram)

“Really, I think when I was such a loudmouth at the Olympics, it was the first time that some people could see somebody who is like me be in the center of it all. I wasn’t a sidekick or a side character. I was the main character.”
– Adam Rippon

Recently, the duo got married on December 31, 2021. Their whole wedding ceremony was lowkey and inexpensive in Encino, California.

Today, they live with their four-month-old pit bull mix named Tony. As for their wedding bands, the duo had rings that they picked out together while in Finland. 

Political Stance

Adam Rippon first stood up for his political stance in the year 2018. Back then, he raised concerns about Vice President Mike Pence. 

Two years later, he commenced endorsing the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. At the same time, he campaigned for Elizabeth Warren. 

Social Media


What is Adam Rippon’s signature move?

Adam Rippon’s signature move is a 3Lz. It is also known as “Rippon Lutz,” and he uses both his arms above his head for it. 

What are Adam Rippon’s ISU personal best scores?

Rippon’s ISU personal best scores include 267.53 in combined total, 89.04 in the short program, and 182.28 in the free skate. 

Is Adam Rippon gay?

On October 2, 2015, Rippon publicly came out as gay. As he opened up about his status, he admitted to having a crush on a boy when he was five.

However, it wasn’t until he was in his 20s that he had the experience of somebody flirting with him. Hence, he opened up to his parents and friends, who were super supportive of him. 

Rajani Gurung
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