Olympics: Adam Rippon Declines NBC's Offer to Serve as Correspondent

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Adam Rippon

The figure skater, who helped the U.S. men's team win a bronze medal in Pyeongchang, tweeted that he'd learned about the offer via Twitter.

Olympic breakout figure skater Adam Rippon has decided against joining NBC's coverage of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang as a correspondent. He would have worked on television, social media and digital platforms.

Rippon, 28, helped the U.S. men's team win a bronze medal in the free skate competition. The skater, who is openly gay, made headlines last month when he criticized Vice President Mike Pence, referring to the politician as a man who "funded gay conversion therapy." 

Rippon also pledged to not attend a White House meeting with Pence and President Donald Trump upon returning from the Olympics.

On Sunday, Rippon tweeted that was "flattered" but decided to decline the offer, which he had learned of via Twitter.

Feb. 18, 7:30 pm: Updated story with Rippon's response declining the offer.  

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