Adam Rippon's emotional last skate at PyeongChang
Although nobody expected Adam Rippon to earn another medal beyond the bronze he helped win in the figure skating team event, his free skate performance was arguably one of the most -- if not the most -- anticipated of the competition. As we've all come to expect from the 28-year-old first-time Olympian, he did not disappoint when he took to the Olympic ice for one last time on February 16.
Set to music from Coldplay, Rippon captivated the audience with multiple triple jumps and spinning routines and stunning flourishes, ultimately earning an 87.47 technical score and overall score of 171.41 in the event. Sure, his lack of quads may have kept him from making the podium, but he still finished in 10th place. The crowd, of course, went wild.
“He has created a moment that is as valuable as any medal in this event," Tara Lipinski said amid the applause. "And he already has a bronze. Adam’s statement has been made. He has brought joy, he has brought hope, he has brought all that sass to figure skating. He just can’t miss.”
We can all agree that Rippon is the Olympic hero everyone needed.
“Adam Rippon is a skater to believe in," Johnny Weir said. "He is a hero for so many people. He made all of us proud.”