Adam Rippon Announces New Training Site, Names Coach

Adam Rippon
(photo by Michelle Harvath)
(6/15/11) - Adam Rippon, a two-time World Junior champion and the gold medalist at the 2010 International Skating Union (ISU) Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, announced today that he will commence training with Jason Dungjen at the Detroit Skating Club after working the past several months on a transitional basis with Ghislain Briand in Toronto.

"I put a lot of thought into my search for a new training site, and I'm excited and looking forward to working with Jason," Rippon said. "I want to thank Ghislain for his help in this transitional period."

Dungjen, who coaches with his wife, Yuka Sato, has helped both Jeremy Abbott and Alissa Czisny to U.S. titles-Abbott in 2010 and Czisny last season. Czisny also captured the gold medal at the 2010 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

"I was both honored and humbled when Adam asked me to work with him," Dungjen said. "I am looking forward to an exciting and fulfilling upcoming season with Adam."

Rippon enjoyed his best season in 2007-08, when he took the gold at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships while also capturing the U.S. junior title. The following season, he again won the World Junior title, making him the only man to claim that prize in back-to-back seasons.

Last season, Rippon won bronze at 2010 Skate Canada and followed that with a fourth-place finish at Skate America. He wrapped up the campaign by coming in fifth at both the 2011 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the 2011 Four Continents Championships.

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