Adam Rippon Turns Down NBC's Olympics Correspondent Offer

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Rippon ripped on media for always referring to him as a "gay athlete" vs. just an athlete.

Or for the Olympics to leave its mark on him. Rippon, along with skier Lindsey Vonn, have declared they will not join other U.S. athletes at the White House in a post-Olympic celebration. He earned a bronse medal in team competition, and he finished in 10th place in the singles competition, a big accomplishment that he's extremely proud of. Rippon said he plans to watch Kenworthy compete, too.

He made headlines for his criticisms of Vice President Mike Pence, and the politician's track record on LGBTQ issues.

Critics said the legislation encouraged discrimination against gay people. The state, following nationwide criticism, passed an amendment a week later reinstituting protections. He is at odds with Vice President Mike Pence over gay rights and has said he will not go with the USA team to visit President Trump if invited to the White House. 2018 PyeongChang fan favorite athlete Adam Rippon has already reached sports celebritydom, but he's about to even further extend his fame by becoming an NBC correspondent for the remainder of the 2018 winter games!

Adam Rippon is winning the Olympics.

All the while, he charmed away during interviews with his striking ease and wit. "I don't mind talking about it but I don't want to distract my teammates".

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How does he feel about that?

He tweeted to Rippon: "I want you to know we are FOR YOU". "Does that make sense?" "I said that it's exactly like being a straight athlete. I'm just an icon". "He was like, 'You're kind of everywhere right now.' I was like, 'I know; I'm America's sweetheart.' He laughed in my face".

"I've gotten a lot of attention I think just for being myself".

Hours after news hit, NBC tweeted that the network would be utilizing Adam's talents for tonight's skating competition, "Got questions about figure skating?" There's no doubt that if Rippon wants, he can parlay his celebrity into some sort of public post-skating career.

Rippon told reporters at a press conference in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Tuesday that he "can't tone it down".

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