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Adam Rippon Celebrates 30th Birthday Skating to Ben Platt's 'River'

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The Olympic medalist delivers a stunning performance to the Joni Mitchell classic.

To celebrate his 30th birthday, Olympic figure-skating medalist Adam Rippon performed a stunning skate to Ben Platt's cover of Joni Mitchell's classic "River."

"Today is my 30th birthday. I couldn't be more grateful for everything and everyone in my life. Thank you for always sending love and positive energy my way. I hope I'm always able to do the same for you," Rippon wrote on Instagram.

"I wanted to do something fun for myself so I asked one of my old skating choreographers, Cindy Stuart, to put this together with me. She is amazing. And Ben Platt is also amazing (duh) and when I heard him do a cover of this song I knew I had to skate to it," Rippon added.

Bronze medalist Rippon rose to fame during the 2018 Winter Olympics when he skated with pride for the United States while also standing up to notoriously homophobic Mike Pence by refusing to meet with him.

Tony Award-winner Platt's version of "River" appeared in Netflix's The Politician, which dropped in September.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.