Figure skater Adam Rippon harbored desires of Olympic glory lengthy earlier than his dazzling games debut this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
In a not too long ago unearthed 2003 interview with Pennsylvania TV station WNEP-TV, Rippon, then 13, demonstrated a lot the identical dedication as he did Monday when he helped Team USA clinch a bronze medal within the determine skating staff occasion.
Rippon, now 28, had been skating for simply over three years when he appeared on the channel’s Newswatch 16 program. He spoke enthusiastically about competing in Europe, taking his first airplane and practice rides, and visiting the Olympic museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“And then, once you see, like, all these items about different individuals who have gained the Olympics and every part, you suppose that you just’ve executed a fantastic factor,” Rippon, a Scranton, Pennsylvania, native, informed reporter Jim Coles. “But you’re nonetheless so far-off.”
“All the little issues that your coach tells you, you all the time have to recollect them. And you all the time need to strive to not overdo it, simply to do it. So so long as you keep in mind every part your coach tells you, you’ll be OK.”
Check out the complete interview above.