Adam Rippon backs up his confident swagger with his skating in nationals short program

Adam Rippon in an eye-catching spin position.  (Jay Adeff / U.S. Figure Skating)

Adam Rippon in an eye-catching spin position.  (Jay Adeff / U.S. Figure Skating)

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Adam Rippon has no doubt he is going to make the U.S. Olympic team, and he isn't afraid to share that impression with anyone who brings up the subject.

"The only argument is if other mothers' competitors are on the selection committee," Rippon said on a media teleconference last week. "I've proven time and time again that I'm one of the most consistent skaters in the world. I'm a leader. I'm ready for this. There is absolutely no reason I shouldn't be on the Olympic team."

Rippon decided before the teleconference that he was going to be blunt. When it was over, he admitted to having some second thoughts about the way it came across.

"I thought maybe I sounded a little too confident," he said.

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