First Yu-Na Kim and now Adam Rippon!?! Last week, Adam, a two-time World junior champion and Japan Open winner, announced that he was leaving coach Brian Orser whom he had been with for over two years. Brian Orser coached Yu-Na to her Olympic gold medal in Vancouver and then they abruptly parted ways six months later (no reasons given, lots of innuendos on who did what to whom). Hopes were high that Brian would work his magic on Adam, who is a top US men's competitor. What happened? Adam decided that they were not "on the same page" and that a change was in order. Enter new coach Ghislain Briand, who is already on Adam's coaching team, so Ghislain will now be taking on a permanent full-time role as Adam's coach at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club. Brian coaches at the club as well so will this be awkward? According to Adam, no, of course not.
Adam and I spoke about all of this in NYC on April 4 when he attended a benefit for Figure Skating in Harlem. This is a program that provides young girls in the Harlem community with free ice skating lessons as well as academic tutoring. Adam said he appreciates programs that provide great after-school activities as he and his five siblings have all benefited from participating in constructive extracurricular activities growing up in Scranton. Adam also reflected on the past season, including the highs (winning the Japan Open) and lows (his short program at US Nationals where he placed fifth overall).(Photo at right, Adam on the red carpet at Figure Skating in Harlem benefit)
Coming up next...my conversation with Jeremy Abbott and the curse of the boot problems that torpedoed his season.