By now, we all know out Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon is witty, smart, inspirational, and utterly sassy. He is, after all, ‘America’s sweetheart.’
As the oldest rookie to qualify for the Olympics at 28-years-old, and the first openly gay American figure skater to compete at the Olympics, his path to success has been groundbreaking, although it hasn’t been without setbacks.
In his new memoir, Beautiful On The Outside, Rippon hilariously reveals what it’s like to be an elite figure skater – from the glitz of sequined costumes to the unglamorous act of cleaning bugs off the ice at a competition, and all the hours of practice that led him to a spot on the Olympic team in Pyeongchang.
Your mom probably told you it’s what on the inside that counts. Well, then she was never a competitive figure skater.
Rippon has been making it pretty for the judges even when, just below the surface, everything was an absolute mess. Traveling to practices on a Greyhound bus next to ex-convicts, being so poor he could only afford to eat the free apples at his gym, Rippon got through the toughest times with a smile on his face, a glint in his eye, and quip ready for anyone listening.
Beautiful On The Outside looks at his journey from a homeschooled kid in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to a self-professed American sweetheart on the world stage and all the disasters and self-delusions it took to get him there.
Sure, it may be what’s on the inside that counts, but life is so much better when it’s beautiful on the outside.
Hit the play button below to hear Adam talk on his journey from Scranton to becoming ‘America’s sweetheart.’ He is candid, fun and everything we’ve come to learn about our favorite Olympian.
(photo: Aaron Jay Young)