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be from the Olympics, or from being on “Ellen” or “Dancing with the Stars.” It could be a little bit of everything. I was at the car wash and a lady asked, “Are you that dancer?”


SKATING: Contrast that to before.


Rippon: Before the Olympics, I was recognized like never. Well, maybe once or twice. I was recognized at a Whole Foods by a skater.


SKATING: Are you enjoying the recognition?


Adam Rippon attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Lincoln Center in New York City.


Rippon: I am having fun with it. Nine times out of 10, people just want to say hi and take a picture. Who doesn’t like a good picture, right? I’m OK with that.


SKATING: What is on tap for you next?


Rippon: Tis summer is going to be busy for me with a lot of speaking and Pride month events. I am hoping to announce a big project in the fall.


SKATING: Did you ever imagine a world that would be so supportive of people being open about their sexuality? It took you a while to come out publicly [which you did in this magazine in October 2015]. Now you are involved with organizations such as GLAAD and Te Trevor Project, which provides suicide prevention ser- vices to people in the LGBTQ community.


Jenna Johnson and Adam Rippon show great chemistry in the finals of “Dancing with the Stars.”


SKATING: When you think about it, the timing could not have been any better for you to emerge on the scene and to have this opportunity to be a voice in the LGBTQ community.


Rippon: I could not have planned it any better. And given the current political climate, that’s encouraging.


SKATING: Do you think you might get involved in politics?


Rippon: I absolutely see myself getting involved in different charities and causes, whether it’s with the LGBTQ community or not. I want to make sure the charities I choose to work with really speak to me so that I can represent them well. I enjoy politics so much, and I want to be more involved, but I don’t necessarily see myself as a politician.


SKATING: You have always enjoyed coaching and choreography, and even did a lot of that when you took some time off from competitive skating. Is that an avenue you still might pursue?


Rippon: I know. Ten years ago, I would not have gotten this reaction. People have grown up. People’s ideas have changed, and I know a lot of athletes have come before me to make the journey easier for me.


Olympians Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu walk the red carpet at the 90th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California.


24 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018


PHOTO ABC/KELSEY MCNEAL


PHOTO BY DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/GETTY IMAGES FOR TIME


PHOTO BY DAN MACMEDAN/WIREIMAGE


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