Through the lessons I’ve learned, I was able to have the most successful year in my skating career. And when the Olympics were over, many people I’d been working with said, “Right now would be a really great time for you to do this.” I just wanted to share a lot of the experiences I’ve gone through and the lessons I’ve learned, but at the very core, I wanted to write a book that you could laugh along with. I’m sure it was really hard for her to do it. And she’s really having a moment now, too. I also see you had a little Justin Timberlake-circa-N’SYNC hair moment at one point. ), SEE ALSO: Winter Olympics Star Adam Rippon’s Most Memorable Moments. It feels almost surreal. BLADE: How often do you get to see each other on average? Rippon ready to take the ice. “I’m so, so sorry,” he says. Were those convictions about life already in your head and bones or did the process of writing the book kind of help you distill and articulate some of that? RIPPON: I thought he was amazing. BLADE: Isn’t it hard to skate with your dick flopping around? Such a legend. I mean look at Yulia Lipnitskaya from Sochi. RIPPON: Adding the triple loop onto something is much harder because the room for error and correction on landing the first jump is so small. The Mirror Ball Trophy is in a guest bedroom on the night stand. Because at the Olympics, you live in this bubble, and you don’t really know what other people are hearing or saying or how everything’s being packaged around you. BLADE: Did you ever play around with quad loops or flips? Similarly, our interview, while sprinkled with Ripponisms, honestly unveils a champion in transition. Zagitova skated a little bit like a really excellent junior lady in her first year senior. But I’m grateful for those times. BLADE: You say in the book you two were super close. RIPPON: I think so. RIPPON: The first competition I ever watched was ’98, so I never grew up with her, but once I went back and started watching things, I’ll always remember that opening at 1991 nationals with the “Batman” theme and that mint green dress. One photo that struck me was your fifth birthday party at Wegman’s supermarket. I also just filmed another series of Breaking the Ice, the little videos on YouTube. So that was really important to me because I feel less like a writer and more like a storyteller. Below are steps you can take in order to whitelist Observer.com on your browser: Click the AdBlock button on your browser and select Don't run on pages on this domain. Well, first, I would say, “Shame on you,” if you’re less familiar, but also, “Welcome!” Then I would say that it’s funny, and it basically serves as a transition from my skating career (which I spent my entire life working toward) to this other career of being in the entertainment world. BLADE: Were you really fully nude except for your boots for the ESPN shoot or did you have some kind of little loincloth on or something? RIPPON: I was 100 percent naked and it was actually at the rink I trained at. Adam Rippon. RIPPON: Yeah. I’m really excited. Mostly he’s jealous but he does like it, which is good because I can’t really get rid of it. Speaking of Taylor Swift, you were part of the massive cast of her video for “You Need to Calm Down.” What was that like? In the team event, she was the star of the whole competition and when we think about the individual, I even forget that she competed in it. The first chapter brings us back to your first time on the ice, which didn’t go so well: you fell, you didn’t get to wear your dream outfit. Most recently, Ellie Kemper’s book [My Squirrel Days] had me laughing out loud, and of course there’s Tina Fey’s Bossypants. RIPPON: I can’t wait. What does it feel like looking back on all that right now? It didn’t matter what else was going on. I’ve heard a lot of people say that it reminds them of me at the Olympics, and that gives me a lot of joy. Adam RipponAlina ZagitovaBeutiful on the OutsideBrian BoitanoDancing With The StarsEteri TutberidzeEvgenia MedvedevaGus KenworthyJeffrey ButtleJohnny WierMargot RobbieMariah BellMichael PhelpsNancy KerriganNathan ChenSixth & I Historic SynagogueTonya Harding. I mean, of course I want to be like, yes, it doesn’t make for a nice program, but then at the end of the day, we have rules and we have points and you know I think if Eteri’s goal, their coach, is that she has a student who wins, and that they compete and there’s no pecking order of who should win and who shouldn’t win, you’re gonna go and you’re gonna do the most that you can do. RIPPON: All my skating medals are in a container from the Container Store. RIPPON: I would love to still be working in entertainment, in comedy, and be successful. No love lost, no love gained. It’s a perfectly balanced blend of vanity, self-deprecation and sincerity that’s made him irresistible ever since he made history at the 2018 Winter Olympics, where he became the first openly gay man to represent the U.S., and where he clinched a bronze medal for his sport. BLADE: What did you think of Yuzuru Hanyu’s (gold-winning) performances in PyeongChang? A photo included in Beautiful on the Outside of Rippon’s fifth birthday party. RIPPON: You know, I think that I was really impressed with Zagitova, I thought she skated very well, but I do have to say the way that Medvedeva handled herself as like a two-time world champion, and then to go out and skate two clean programs, I just felt she had a lot of substance to her skating maybe her style wasn’t the I don’t know, wasn’t everybody’s cup of tea. With my boyfriend, he’s mostly envious that I have these bigger legs and, like, a butt that really fills out my pants. The bronze medal-winning gay breakout star (and self-proclaimed “America’s sweetheart”) releases his memoir “Beautiful on the Outside” Oct. 15. And it’s a collared shirt because I’m at a wedding and I’m not a monster. Happy for Leo. Even just, like, getting a cheeseburger: If you look or feel fat the next day, at least you can take comfort in knowing that your work isn’t going to get worse! ADAM RIPPON: Well, right after the Olympics, my team was saying that it might be a fun idea to write a book and I thought that this, like, really felt like a full chapter of my life sort of coming to an end and a new one was starting so I felt like it would be a really therapeutic almost experience. RIPPON: Well I knew that I never would, so I haven’t. I mean especially compared to somebody like Brian Boitano in the ‘80s. Adam Rippon says the time was right for his new memoir, ‘Beautiful on the Outside.’ (Photo by Peter Yang; courtesy Grand Central Publishing). BLADE: Do you keep the Mirror Ball Trophy (from “Dancing With the Stars”) with all your skating medals? RIPPON: I think it was brave. We talk, like, very often.
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