Earlier today, it was announced that the figure skater, who has become a prominent highlight of these Games, was going to have his hand at commentary. However, he has decided to turn down the offer after he realized he would have to give up his Olympic standing and credential for the position. By joining NBC as a correspondent, he wouldn’t be allowed to participate in the closing ceremony.
“I am so flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent, but if I took this opportunity, I would have to leave the Olympic team and I would have to leave the (Olympic) Village,” he said in an initial interview with NBCSN (via USA Today). “It’s so important to me, you know, I worked so hard to be on this Olympic team, and my teammates and my friends were there for me during my events, and that meant so much to me, that I really feel like I need to be there for them during their events.”
Rippon then took to Twitter to reiterate the news saying, “I actually found everything out about the offer via twitter… 2018 is wild girl.”
PREVIOUS: Men’s figure skater Adam Rippon, the openly gay bronze medalist who has kept up one of the highest profiles at the Winter Olympics, will be a correspondent for NBC for the remainder of the games.
Rippon will be featured on television, digital platforms and social media, according to NBC spokesman Greg Hughes, who spoke to USA Today about the move.
The outspoken Rippon first made news when he criticized Vice President Mike Pence in mid-January. Pence fired back, leading to Rippon’s rise as a gay youth spokesperson. Rippon, along with skier Lindsey Vonn, have declared they will not join other US athletes at the White House in a post-Olympic celebration.
NBC’s Rippon announcement was one of its few bright moments, as broadcasting gaffes continue to mount in its coverage.
Sports analyst Dan Hicks was the most recent victim, declaring the wrong winner of Friday’s women’s Super-G ski event.