2008 World Junior Champion Adam Rippon Announces Coaching Change

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(1/2/09) - Adam Rippon, the 2008 World Junior champion and 2008 U.S. junior champion, announced today he has ended his nearly two-year professional relationship with coach Nikoli Morozov and will train with two-time Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser in Toronto, Canada. Rippon began training with Morozov in February 2007.

β€œAt this time I feel a change is necessary,” Rippon said. β€œI appreciate everything Nikoli has done for me. I credit him with much of my success.”

Orser, who finished second at the Olympic Winter Games in 1984 and 1988 and won eight straight Canadian championships from 1981-88, also coaches two-time World bronze medalist Yu-Na Kim of Korea.

Under Morozov, Rippon trained alongside 2007 World champion Miki Ando, 2007 World silver medalist Daisuke Takahashi and Nobunari Oda, who recently captured his first Japanese title.

Rippon dominated last year's ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, winning gold in Romania, silver in Bulgaria and gold at the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Gdansk, Poland. Rippon was the first junior to break the 200-point mark in the final, scoring 203.30 points. He finished the season by winning gold as a junior at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Rippon made his debut in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series this season, finishing eighth at Skate America in Everett, Wash., and fifth at the Cup of Russia.