Figure skater Adam Rippon will remain in PyeongChang for the duration of the 2018 Winter Olympics — thought not as an NBC correspondent, it was reported Sunday night Stateside.
Hours after NBC confirmed that Rippon would be joining their broadcast team, the athlete politely declined, since the opportunity would mean him leaving Team USA’s Olympic Village:
Rippon’s near-hire came after his bronze medal win in the team skating event on Feb. 12, and his 10th place finish in the men’s individual event. He is one of Team USA’s first two openly gay competitors (the other being slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy).
Rippon made headlines in January when he said he would not attend a post-Olympics celebration at the White House, calling out Vice President Mike Pence for his alleged support of gay conversion therapy. Rippon later declined an invitation to meet with Pence individually — which did not stop Pence from singling out Rippon while voicing his support for Team USA:
Prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics, Rippon served as an alternate during the 2010 Vancouver games. He did not make the cut for the 2014 Sochi team.
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