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Adam Rippon a big hit at Time 100 gala: ‘Tonight has been an absolutely incredible experience for me’

Still unreal to be one of those named to @time and give a toast honoring my mom for being the person who has inspired me the most. Also, during my toast, it was a great opportunity for me to let everyone know that @nicolekidman told me smell @keithurban and he smelled great.

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Here are Adam’s full remarks from last night’s Time 100 gala: Wow. Who knew all it took to make it onto TIME 100 was making it to the Olympics and calling yourself trashy a few times?

Tonight has been an absolutely incredible experience for me. I cannot even believe that I’ve been here, and maybe my success seems like it’s come overnight, but it’s come from a lot of ups and downs, and a lot of struggles that I pushed myself through, and the person that inspires me is here with me tonight. It’s my mom.

So why I think my mom is so incredible is because she has told me, along with her other children, that they are champions, that they are a genius, that they are braver than they think, and that they are stronger than they know.

And so I’d like to raise a glass tonight to my mom and to all the moms out there who have helped their kids realize their true potential. I’m really able to be who I am very effortlessly. I met Nicole Kidman earlier tonight and she even let me smell her husband. If it wasn’t for the words that my mom told me, “Never give up on your dreams,” I would never have had that experience.

So, mom, thank you so much. And on a serious note, I love you from the bottom of my heart.



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