The 29-year-old athlete confirmed during the CBS This Morning series, Note to Self, that he does not plan to skate competitively anymore.
In the clip, the Olympic bronze medalist reflected on his athletic career — failures and all — as he skated around Skylands Ice World in New Jersey.
“You are going through a really tough time right now. You’ve just missed qualifying for the Olympic team for the second time in a row. You feel confused and you feel like a failure. It might not make sense right now, but this is truly one of the most important moments in your life. Take a moment and be proud of yourself,” Rippon said, addressing his past self.
As Adam Rippon strolls into a conference room on the ninth floor of Rockefeller Plaza on Tuesday afternoon, the Olympian-turned-household name has a coy smile on his face.
“I’m back, everybody,” he said to the NBC team gathered, most of which was with him in PyeongChang in February. “Did you miss me?”
The opening line of course gets a laugh, but Rippon was never really gone, was he? Since February, his life has been a whirlwind of video shoots, photo ops, magazine interviews, TV filmings, sponsor obligations and much, much more.
Everywhere you look, there’s Adam Rippon. “I’ve never worked this much in my life,” he told NBCSports.com.
But how much Rippon’s life has really changed in the past year is apparent: On this same week in 2017 he was on his way to the Grand Prix Final in Japan, and a few weeks later he’d qualify (albeit controversially) for the Olympic team at the U.S. Championships in San Jose, realizing a lifelong dream.
“It’s crazy to think about where I was a year ago,” Rippon said, clad in a black Givenchy shirt he’s donning for a holiday-themed NBC video he’s filming in the room. “I was in Lakewood, California, outside of the Long Beach airport, busting my balls every day on the ice. It feels surreal in a way, but one thing I’ve done to not lose focus on the bigger picture is not telling myself, ‘I can’t believe this is happening to me!’ and instead having a more a positive mantra of, ‘Of course I can.’ It can feel overwhelming and completely strange, but I think having a positive attitude about it makes it all worth it.”
Adam Rippon is literally the gift that keeps on giving.
Just a week after riffing on traditional holiday foods like fruitcake, the 29-year-old Olympic figure skater returns to rank iconic holiday entertainment for the latest installment of his Cosmopolitan video series.
From The Nutcracker and How the Grinch Stole Christmas to Home Alone and Netflix’s The Christmas Prince, Rippon hangs these holiday treasures like tree ornaments. He’s especially merry about Justin Bieber’s 2011 collaboration with Boyz II Men, “Fa La La,” which the 2018 PyeongChang bronze medalist calls “a motherfucking bop.”