Adam Rippon followed up his comeback Grand Prix silver medal with another impressive performance.
The 2016 U.S. champion sang in front of a few thousand Japanese fans at the NHK Trophy exhibition gala Sunday.
Rippon, who turned 28 years old on Saturday, took a microphone and did a cover of Rihanna‘s “Diamonds” while on the ice in Osaka. Video is here.
“I sing in the car. I’ve never really sung in front of anybody, like tried to sing,” Rippon said on the Ice Talk podcast earlier this season.
Rippon actually recorded his own version of “Diamonds” and planned to perform his short program to it this season, and at the Olympics if he made it to PyeongChang.
“I wanted to do something no one else has done,” Rippon said, according to Icenetwork. “It shows I’m more than a skater, that I’m trying to put my whole heart and soul into the performance.”
Rippon changed his mind after showing the program at Champs Camp, an annual closed-door August event where U.S. skaters show their programs for feedback before the season.
“The program is fantastic,” Rippon said on Ice Talk. “But it was more the mood that people felt was too similar to my free skate.”
Rippon next competes Thanksgiving weekend at Skate America, where he could qualify for a second straight Grand Prix Final with a podium finish.
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