"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 told the sports channel.
Adam (along with his team United States of America cohorts) won a bronze medal in the team figure skating competition, but everything about his Olympic journey - like his countless quotable moments and his powerful displays of LGBTQ pride - has been pure gold as far as we're concerned. My teammates were there for me during my events, and now I NEED to be there for them.
Pence as governor of IN had supported the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was viewed by some as not LGBT friendly, Fox News noted.
The upbeat and outspoken Rippon first garnered attention last month when he criticized Vice President Mike Pence for having signed into law, while governor of IN, a measure many felt legalized discrimination against LGBT individuals. Pence later signed an amendment that prevented the law from discriminating against LGBTQ customers. In one tweet, he says he is "in love with him", and in another, he bluntly tweeted: "marry me Adam".
After the Opening Ceremony at the Games, Rippon appeared in a photo posted to Instagram by slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy. White, a Canadian who holds dual citizenship in the US and won Olympic silver in ice dancing for the USA during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, is married to US ice dancing gold medalist Charlie White and had their first child in December.
He added: "As an athlete I use this platform to my advantage".
Rippon was an alternate for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and didn't make the team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He's received tweets of support from the likes of Britney Spears, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain.
Did you know that Tanith Belbin White, a commentator for NBC figure skating during these Olympics, once trained in Aston, Pa.? This year of the record 89 correspondents NBC has covering the Games, at least 18 are former Olympians.