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NBC Hires Breakout Olympics Star Adam Rippon

NBC hired U.S. figure skater and breakout star of the Olympics Adam Rippon to serve as a correspondent for the rest of the 2018 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Rippon — one of the first openly gay athletes to compete at the Olympics, who won a bronze medal for figure skating while becoming something of a star off the ice — will work for NBC as a correspondent on TV, digital and social media, USA Today reported.

The 28-year-old Olympian kicked off his time in the media spotlight with something of a controversy, criticizing Vice President Mike Pence — America’s political envoy to the Olympics — for his track record of supporting anti-LGBT legislation. Rippon also said he would not attend a White House celebration hosted by President Donald Trump at the end of the Olympics.

Rippon his since become a media darling, thanks to a series of insanely charming interviews, outspoken comments on gay rights, and a strong showing on ice.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will run through February 25, with NBC providing the games and full coverage.

Watch Rippon’s appearance on Good Morning America above.

[image via Getty Images]

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