Thrills and Spills - A Figure Skating lesson with Olympian Adam Rippon

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United States Figure Skaters Vincent Zhou and Adam Rippon speak to the media during a press conference at the Main Press Centre on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

"Rippon, who stands 5'7" and now weighs around 150 pounds, pursued a leaner frame in order to compete with fellow US skaters Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou, who are both in their teens.

During their skating lesson, Rippon told Loza that despite the adversity he faced on and off the ice, the rink has always been his sanctuary.

"I looked around and saw my competitors, they're all doing these quads, and at the same time they're a head shorter than me, they're 10 years younger than me and they're the size of one of my legs."
"I am really glad that my sister got to see me skate in a competition for the first time".

"I'm gonna go to Target, and I'm gonna get a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc Oyster Bay, with the twist top".

Teammate Mirai Nagasu, who also failed to qualify for the 2014 games, consoled each other while eating In-N-Out burgers.

"It's the same now as it was in my day, and I think it's all figure skaters", Boitano said. "I was trying to keep it together - I was crying throughout her entire performance". This is the first Olympics for Rippon who narrowly missed inclusion to Team USA for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Rippon told CNN that he still stands by his comments but wants to just focus on the competition right now. He was critical of Vice President Mike Pence being chosen to lead the US Olympic delegation because he introduced anti-gay measures while governor of Indiana.

"I thought it was poor timing", she said. And I think maybe that's what people are kind of latching onto, that my story's different.

'To stand by some of the things that Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he's a devout Christian man is completely contradictory, ' said Rippon in the passage posted by Plain. "He said, "Not now - I'm at the Olympics, for heaven's sake'".