Rippon announces coaching change
|Adam Rippon and former coach Nikoli Morozov earlier this season. (Becca Staed)|
(01/02/2009) - Adam Rippon, 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. Rippon began training with Morozov in February, 2007. "At this time I feel a change is necessary," Rippon said. "I appreciate everything Nikoli has done for me. I credit him with much of my success." Rippon will train in Toronto, Canada with two-time Olympic silver medalist (1984, 1988) and eight-time Canadian champion (1981-88) Brian Orser, who also coaches two-time World bronze medalist Yu-Na Kim from Korea. Under Morozov, Rippon trained alongside 2007 world champion Miki Ado and 2007 Japanese silver medalist Nobunari Oda. Rippon dominated last year's ISU Junior Grand Prix season, winning gold in Romania, silver in Bulgaria and gold at the Grand Prix 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 at the U.S. Championships and the World Junior Championships. Rippon made his debut on the senior Grand Prix circuit this season, finishing eighth at Skate America in Everett, Wash., and setting a season-best score at the Cup of Russia, where he finished fifth.