It's been quite a whirlwind since you got back from PyeongChang. How are you keeping up with it all?
Adam Rippon: I have been going non-stop since the day I finished competing. From that day moving forward, I haven't taken a day off, I haven't had a day that isn't eight or 10 hours. I've been flying, I've been doing photo shoots, tons of interviews. I'm exhausted but at the same time I'm really trying to enjoy this whole process after the Olympics.
How did it feel to be labeled "America's Sweetheart" overnight? Or would you maybe prefer a different title?
Rippon: So here's the thing. When I was at the Olympics, I was getting a lot of media attention and I was doing a lot of interviews. Have you ever read the book The Secret? Basically, the whole idea is that you have these ideas and you put them out into the universe. And when you put them out into the universe, the universe responds and gives it back to you. And so I was like, 'You know what? Basically, I'm going out and in every interview I'm just saying whatever I'm thinking. And in my next interview, I'm going to say something about being America's Sweetheart and I'm going to see what happens.'
So I planted a seed. I went out to my next interview and they were asking me a question and I said, 'I'd just like to turn the focus back to me being America's Sweetheart.' Two days later, I do The Today Show and I look at the prompter where it has my picture, and underneath it says 'Up next we have America's Sweetheart, Adam Rippon.' I did that. If I can do that, literally anybody can do anything.
How has all the sudden attention impacted your dating prospects?
Rippon: For the last little bit before the Olympics, I haven't dated anyone, haven't really been looking for anybody because I really wanted to be focused and really know that I was giving 100% of my time and energy to making the Olympic team, getting a medal, and really focusing on that whole process. Since being back, I get a lot of DMs on Instagram. Some being super nice and some being just like, 'Hey,' and then three days later... dick pic.
Which I think is, like, an interesting route to go. But I applaud the brazen attempt. And I mean, I enjoy it, so thank you. But I think that right now I have so much going on that I'm not really looking for anybody. But I'm meeting so many new people that I'm hopeful that I'll just kind of run into somebody.