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Breakout star Adam Rippon’s Olympic experience to continue – as a commentator for NBC Sports

U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon, the openly gay Olympic team bronze medalist who has become one of the best-known names at these Games, has been hired by NBC to work as a correspondent during the remainder of the Olympics, NBC spokesman Greg Hughes told USA TODAY Sports Sunday evening.

Rippon, 28, will work for the network on a variety of platforms, including television, digital and social media, Hughes said. Rippon’s Olympic competition came to an end Saturday but his impact on the Games did not. Minutes after skating a clean free skate that put him in 10th place at the end of the men’s competition, Rippon made an impassioned speech about LGBT rights.

From the stands, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas were watching on, while proudly waving a rainbow flag.

“I have gotten a lot of attention just for being myself,” Rippon said. “A lot of people when they come to a competition are afraid to be themselves, no matter who they are. One thing I want to come with from this competition — I am not a gay icon or America’s gay sweetheart. I am just America’s sweetheart and just an icon. If you have a personality like mine it’s for everybody.”

When asked about there being a rainbow flag to celebrate LGBT pride in the audience Rippon said: “That was my friend Gus and his boyfriend. It was so nice that they came to the event and I will be cheering for Gus tomorrow. To have the support of my friends and family here in the audience means the world to me.” During the Games, Rippon fought hard to turn in three great routines, getting a bronze medal in the team event and a better-than-expected result in the men’s.

“I think it’s just the perspective I have as an older athlete,” he said. “I want to show everyone you can be yourself, you can be out there in your competitive field, and say ‘I am also going to kick your ass.’ ”

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  1. When I read the headline, I was hoping he’d be replacing Lipinski and Weir, who have totally ruined the ice skating events for me. Can’t stand either one of them.

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