Winter Olympics 2018: Adam Rippon declines offer to work with NBC for rest of Games

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Rippon failed to medal in his Olympic debut, but he made such a splash that NBC has hired him as a commentator.

Winter Olympics 2018: Adam Rippon declines offer to work with NBC for rest of Games

Rippon failed to medal in his Olympic debut, but he made such a splash that NBC has hired him as a commentator.

Adam Rippon has declined an offer from NBC after originally agreeing to work for the network.

NBC announced earlier on Sunday that the American figure skater would serve as a commentator, but Rippon changed his mind after realizing he would have to give up his Olympic standing as an athlete. He would have to turn in his credential and would not be allowed to march 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," Rippon said during NBCSN's broadcast.

"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 performed well in his Olympic debut, but failed to medal in any individual events (he helped Team USA win bronze in the team figure skating event). However, he gained worldwide attention for being one of two openly gay athletes at the games.

He has also been active on social media throughout the games and has gained a legion of celebrity followers, including Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.

When asked in December what it was like to be a gay athlete, he responded, “It’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eyebrows.”

He has also been dubbed by many as the "most fun" skater to watch.

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