Adam Rippon turns down position with NBC, will keep athlete status

Regimented NBC skating analyst and two-time Olympian Johnny Weir 33 has shared that he still follows the regimented eating plan he adopted as a competitor

Despite not winning any individual event medals, Rippon has made headlines as the 28-year-old gay figure skater who poured out his heart on the ice.

Rippon said on Twitter that he is "flattered" that NBC would consider him, but that he wants to stay on the team to support the people who supported him. If he accepted NBC's offer, he would have been required to relinquish his official Olympic standing, surrender his credential and move out of the Team USA housing. You have to remember that the Olympics are probably the only time in four years that most people watch something like figure skating or downhill skiing. Though he did not finish in the top three at 2018 Nationals, like a witch who can't be killed, Rippon's overall body of work was considered stronger than silver medalist Ross Miner, and he skated his way onto Team USA.

"I feel very lucky that I'm not Adam, and I don't have to deal with that whole political side of things", Radford, who now plans to retire from competitive skating, said.

An NBC spokesman told USA Today on Sunday that Rippon was hired by the network to serve as a correspondent during the remainder of the Olympics, working on television, digital and social media platforms.

"I think that being vocal has kind of given my skating more importance", Rippon added.




"I've gotten messages from young kids all over the country that my story has resonated with them. And now, to be here, at the Olympic games, to be wearing a medal is - it's been incredible".

Rippon, the first openly gay athlete to qualify for the Winter Olympics, has garnered the attention of thousands via his candid and colorful interviews.

He said, "I think I've shown the world that I'm a fierce competitor". "I'm just America's sweetheart and I'm just an icon". Rippon's score of 87 vaulted him into the lead, but he was passed immediately after by Dmitri Aliev, of Russian Federation, who scored a 98.

"Finally, at 20, long after he beat his brothers at tennis and computer games and knew as much as anyone about basketball, Sam was able to stand up proudly and say, 'I am a gay man'".

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