Adam Rippon is retiring from competitive figure skating in an open letter to his fans. The 29-year-old openly gay Rippon made the announcement on social media. Despite placing tenth in PyeongChang and winning a bronze medal for teams, Rippon has become an international star thanks to his witty banter, big heart for incredible organizations, and television spots in things like Will & Grace.
“You will look in the mirror, and you will see someone you like,” Rippon wrote, according to the report. “You will look in the mirror and finally see a winner looking back at you. Now go out and conquer the world…I’m always going to stay involved in skating,” Rippon said in June. “It’s always going to be a part of me. It’s a part of who I am for the past 20 years. It’s impossible to leave that.”