Artist. Athlete. Activist. Adam Rippon is a combination of all three.
One of the most dramatic figure skaters on the planet, Adam won the hearts of America and the world at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Known for his refreshing candor and wit, his rise to fame on the global stage has provided him with a platform to speak out in support of LGBTQ rights and the freedom to be oneself. His passion and charm have made him an inspiration to young and old alike and he has quickly become a role model and icon to millions.
Named to the TIME 100 List of Most Influential People, Adam was one of just five honorees to toast at the star-studded gala. He was also named to AdWeek’s 100 Most Creative as one of 13 Celebrities Who Are Making Pop Culture More Innovative, Inclusive and Interesting, Bleacher Report’ s Power 50: 2018’s Most Influential People in Sports Culture and OUT Magazine’s Power 50: The Most Influential Voices in LGBTQ America.
He has been honored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with their Visibility Award, has supported the GLAAD Ambassadors Program through an online fundraising campaign, hosted the Trevor Project’s 20th anniversary gala, TrevorLIVE which raised more than $2 million (a record) and received a Proclamation from the NYC City Council LGBTQ Caucus in recognition of his advocacy work. He was most recently honored at the Matthew Shepard Foundation Annual Gala and received the 2018 Sports Hero Award from Attitude Magazine.
The oldest of six children from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Adam rose through the skating ranks, claiming the world junior title twice before winning the U.S. men’s title in 2016. He was named to his first Olympic team in 2018 at the age of 28.
Adam also made the bold decision to come out publicly in October 2015 in an interview with SKATING magazine, which led him to become the first openly gay athlete to represent the United States in Olympic competition.
He has been featured on the covers of the New York Times Style section, ESPN’ s Body Issue, The Washington Post Magazine, The Guardian’s G2 and OUT Magazine and celebrated in the pages of In-Style, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, People Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Paper, Elle, Cosmo and many more. His easy conversational style and sense of self have landed him appearances on TODAY, Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, The View and Live with Kelly and Ryan among others.
He has worked as a special correspondent for Good Morning America conducting celebrity interviews and covering red carpet events, traveled to Laramie, Wyoming to meet with LGBTQ youth for a feature on ABC’s Nightline and made his live theater debut in a benefit reading of The Laramie Project. In fall 2018, he joined the judging panel for the inaugural season of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) Juniors, after having won the DWTS: Athletes Mirrorball Trophy in May, and made his acting debut in an episode of Will & Grace.
In his inspiring new memoir, Beautiful on the Outside, Adam uses his signature wit and one-of-a-kind humor to give the world an inside look into his journey from financially-struggling athlete to an Olympian and (self-proclaimed) American sweetheart.