Olympian Adam Rippon may have a stellar skating career to be proud of but that hasn’t stopped him from thinking back to one of his biggest failures.
In a moment of reflection, the Olympic skater took to Twitter with a glimpse back in time to the earlier years of his life. He took everybody back to a first grade spelling bee that, thankfully, didn’t define his course in life.
When I was in first grade, I almost won the spelling bee because I correctly spelled “pink” and then about 2 minutes later, I misspelled the winning word, “ink” and it haunts me to this day.
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) July 25, 2018
In the tweet, Rippon revealed that, at a young age, he had no issues spelling the word “pink.” Yet, when it came to removing one letter from the color two minutes later, he found himself stumped.
He didn’t say how he misspelled “ink” but we have to assume there was a “q” in there somewhere.
Oh Adam… pic.twitter.com/mL5VpB2RKl
— Queen Meryl Davis (Annette) (@QueenMeryl87) July 25, 2018
how did you spell “ink” wrong?
— Mabel (@MaybeItsMabel_) July 25, 2018
I N Q U E (she extra)
— Georgie Fergus (@SkipTrollington) July 25, 2018
Somebody did point out the irony that “ink” was the word he slipped up on.
Yet it’s so close to “Rink”
— Peter (@peterent) July 26, 2018
After Rippon revealed what was likely his most embarrassing first grade moment, others stepped in to prove that he wasn’t alone in his spelling slip-up.
One Twitter user said that she had a brilliant mind but something simple and everyday was her downfall.
I relate to this deeply, as at the age of about 9 I spelled 100 words correctly and was the only one in my class to do so. Alas, my test was returned with a red circle around my own name, which I had misspelled.
— niamh (@just_niamh) July 25, 2018
Names can be hard. This first grader didn’t realize his spelling bee word was in his name.
In first grade my son misspelled the word lake. His name is Blake.
— Shannon Pechar (@ShannonPechar) July 25, 2018
Or this one, which…there is really not much to say about it.
It’s okay Adam, in kindergarten I lost the spelling bee by mispelling the word “pierce”. My last name is Pierce. ♀️
— carly (@carlyjpierce) July 26, 2018
There are a few that we can totally understand if we recall our earlier years of schooling.
in second grade i spelled morbid “morbit” and i still in think about it sometimes :/
— Scott Hoying (@scotthoying) July 26, 2018
Radiator, little Gab, not radiater. :'(
— Gab (@gabapple) July 25, 2018
I lost with the word “jubilate” because my teacher kept pronouncing it “juu-BIU-late” and refused that it was actually pronounced the normal way. I will never forgive her for keeping me from spelling bee stardom.
— Josh Martin (@joshisasoftie) July 25, 2018
i almost won too but misspelled adamant. i mean, it is ADAM ANT. I am still likewise haunted.
— rachael schafer (@rachaelschafer) July 25, 2018
When we’re younger, we don’t realize how memorable losing a spelling bee can be.
I am 48 years old and will never forget losing a spelling bee in elementary school. I spelled hoax instead of hexagon because I had practiced hoax so many times.
— Kelly Senesac (@KSenesac) July 25, 2018
Then, like Rippon, we’re sitting in our silence one day and it hits us, forever changing our outlook on life. Though Rippon may feel like he’s on his own, if Twitter can assure him of anything, it’s that there are a lot of spelling slip-ups out there!