There’s now clarity to Adam Rippon’s big picture, on and off the ice

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea — As he went into the final steps of his routine on Monday, Adam Rippon — with his heart cantering and the volume in the arena rising to a frantic peak — was focused on a single thought.

“Baby,” he said to himself, “you better keep it together.”

He did.

Rippon’s powerful performance in the long program of the figure skating team competition helped send the United States on its way to a bronze medal in the event and left the 28-year-old Olympic rookie from Pennsylvania simply giddy. “Now I’m actually an Olympian! They have the footage!” he said afterward, bouncing in skates through the snaking interview area.

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