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Adam Rippon visits Spokane Arena ahead of DWTS finale

SPOKANE, Wash. - It appears as though Adam Rippon is set to claim the Dancing With the Stars Mirror Ball trophy on Monday's finale. Rippon visited the Lilac City on Friday, and spoke with KXLY about his feelings heading into the final show. 

From the ice to the ballroom, Adam Rippon has proved his skills are not limited. 
The Olympic bronze medalist skyrocketed to celebrity status, becoming a household name after his appearance in the 2018 olympic winter games.

"It's just been great to be able to share my story, meet other people, make people laugh, entertain and just do all of the things that I actually really love to do," Rippon said. 

His charismatic personality landed him a spot on "Dancing With the Stars: Athletes." He's also been touring around the country with other Olympic ice skaters for "Stars On Ice," which hit the Spokane Arena this past Friday.

"It's definitely challenging to juggle 'Dancing With The Stars' with 'Stars On Ice,' but I have a great partner, Jenna Johnson, who, we rehearse in the morning and then we come to the show in the afternoon and she's kind of my calm within the whole storm," said Rippon. 

And he's certainly handled the juggling act well. While giving knockout performances on the ice, he's also managed to earn nearly perfect scores in the ballroom.

Rippon's last performance was a contemporary piece that he dedicated to his mother. The judges awarded him 39 out of 40 possible points. 

"It kind of brought it all full circle, and to do that for my mom the day after Mother's Day was really special," he said.  

Rippon is now poised to be the next "Dancing With the Stars" champion. He'll just have to get past former Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding and NFL cornerback Josh Norman.

"I hope that everything that Jenna and I have put out there would enough for a mirrorball, but we've put out some really amazing dances that I will always look back at and be super proud of," Rippon said. 

Catch Adam Rippon in the finale of "Dancing With the Stars" Monday night on KXLY 4 News.


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