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 workforce 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 prepare rides, and visiting the Olympic museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“And then, whenever you see, like, all these items about different individuals who have received the Olympics and every little thing, you assume that you simply’ve carried out an important factor,” Rippon, a Scranton, Pennsylvania, native, instructed reporter Jim Coles. “But you’re nonetheless so distant.”
“All the little issues that your coach tells you, you at all times have to recollect them. And you at all times should attempt to not overdo it, simply to do it. So so long as you keep in mind every little thing your coach tells you, you’ll be OK.”
Check out the total interview above.