Team USA men’s figure skater Adam Rippon dominated the ice during his short program at the Winter Olympics, skating to iconic club hit “Let Me Think About It” by Ida Corr and Fedde Le Grand. One of the heroes of this year’s games and a fan favorite, and his winning streak continued at the men’s short program, where his terrific performance, which included four triples, scored him a 87.9 ranking from the judges.
The judges weren’t the only ones impressed with Adam’s program; the internet was also obsessed with his routine and they took to Twitter to celebrate his flawless work — and his unconventional choice of music. Commentator Tara Lipinski and fans watching on TV were both impressed by the song choice, with viewers cheering him on via social media.
However, even with a solid score, Adam admitted that he wasn’t quite as confident as he appeared before hitting the ice.
“I was nervous as hell,” he told NBC reporter Andrea Joyce after his terrific performance. That said, Adam powered through thanks to a surprising motivation: Andrea herself!
Adam explained how he got hyped to skate, telling Andrea that he motivated himself by thinking, “‘Adam, Andrea’s watching and you gotta do this for her. Because she’s wearing a statement necklace and you’re at the Olympics.’”
Clearly, this little mantra worked, because Adam delivered a beautiful performance. He went on to tell Andrea, tongue firmly planted in cheek, that he attributes his skating skill at age 28 to “witchcraft.” As for his program? He’s gone viral for calling it “a little trashy, and a little fun.” He added, “I’m coming into my own, I’m confident in who I am and I’m doing, and I’m just having a great time!”
Adam’s friendship with Andrea is already one of the highlights of the Winter games. After his performance at the team competition, she asked him how it felt to be at the Olympics for the first time. ““Andrea, it’s like, pretty awesome,” he joked. “I highly recommend it. If you ever have the option, come to the Olympics. It’s like, a fun time.”
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