You won't believe Adam Rippon's transformation

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Despite a long and successful skating career, 28-year-old American figure skater Adam Rippon is one of the breakout stars of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. However even if you’ve followed his career, it may sometimes be difficult to recognize him. Let’s just say, he’s the definition of #TransformationTuesday.

<p>@adaripp: Now I remember why I don’t wear my American flag scarf anymore. @mirainagasu.<br>(Instagram/@adaripp) </p>
Circa 2008

@adaripp: Now I remember why I don’t wear my American flag scarf anymore. @mirainagasu.
(Instagram/@adaripp)

<p>An 18-year-old Adam Rippon attends the 2008 Skating with the Stars, Under the Stars Benefit Gala at the Wollman Rink in Central Park.<br>(Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images) </p>
March 31, 2008

An 18-year-old Adam Rippon attends the 2008 Skating with the Stars, Under the Stars Benefit Gala at the Wollman Rink in Central Park.
(Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)

<p>Adam Rippon of the US sings his national anthem during the victory ceremony after the men’s free skating event during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.<br>(Photo by Jung Yeon-JE/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
January 30, 2010

Adam Rippon of the US sings his national anthem during the victory ceremony after the men’s free skating event during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
(Photo by Jung Yeon-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Rippon (right) poses with his bronze medal alongside Patrick Chan of Canada (center) and Nobunari Oda of Japan (left) the silver medalist at Skate Canada International.<br>(Photo by Geoff Robbins/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
October 30, 2010

Rippon (right) poses with his bronze medal alongside Patrick Chan of Canada (center) and Nobunari Oda of Japan (left) the silver medalist at Skate Canada International.
(Photo by Geoff Robbins/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>(L to R) Jeremy Abbott, Fumie Suguri and Adam Rippon attend the 2011 Skating With the Stars Gala in New York City.<br>(Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images) </p>
April 4, 2011

(L to R) Jeremy Abbott, Fumie Suguri and Adam Rippon attend the 2011 Skating With the Stars Gala in New York City.
(Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

<p>Rippon competes in the Men’s Free Skate during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Colorado Springs.<br>(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) </p>
February 10, 2012

Rippon competes in the Men’s Free Skate during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Colorado Springs.
(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

<p>@adaripp: The E! True Hollywood story on how a Shirley Temple impersonator turned into a real boy. #TransformationTuesday<br>(Instagram/@adaripp) </p>
April 29, 2014

@adaripp: The E! True Hollywood story on how a Shirley Temple impersonator turned into a real boy. #TransformationTuesday
(Instagram/@adaripp)

<p>(L-R) Rippon, Jason Brown, Joshua Farris and Max Aaron pose with their medals after the Championship Men’s Free Skate Program Competition.<br>(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) </p>
January 25, 2015

(L-R) Rippon, Jason Brown, Joshua Farris and Max Aaron pose with their medals after the Championship Men’s Free Skate Program Competition.
(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

<p>Rippon performs during the men’s short program of the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai.<br>(Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
March 27, 2015

Rippon performs during the men’s short program of the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai.
(Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Rippon celebrates after completing his routine in the Men’s Free Skate program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2016 in Boston.<br>(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) </p>
April 1, 2016

Rippon celebrates after completing his routine in the Men’s Free Skate program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2016 in Boston.
(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

<p>Rippon celebrates his third place skate in the men skating at the 2016 Progressive Skate America. </p>
October 23, 2016

Rippon celebrates his third place skate in the men skating at the 2016 Progressive Skate America.

<p>Rippon poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. </p>
September 25, 2017

Rippon poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

<p>@lizloza_ff: Wishing @adaripp ALL the luck in #pyeongchang2018 (not that he’ll need it).<br>(Instagram/@lizloza_ff) </p>
January 26, 2018

@lizloza_ff: Wishing @adaripp ALL the luck in #pyeongchang2018 (not that he’ll need it).
(Instagram/@lizloza_ff)

<p>Ripopon celebrates after competing in the Figure Skating Team Event Men’s Single Free Skating on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. </p>
February 12, 2018

Ripopon celebrates after competing in the Figure Skating Team Event Men’s Single Free Skating on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

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