"When I found skating, it was something that was individual, and it was something that I could focus on being my best," he recently told the show Here and Now. "And I loved the whole practice and I also loved performing. It was probably the first time I felt really good about myself and that I was good at something, because I always liked being athletic. I enjoyed playing the other sports. I just sucked at them."
In 2015, Rippon chose to come out publicly in an interview with Skate magazine.
"For a really long time I'd look in the mirror and I wouldn't know who was looking back at me and I wouldn't really like who was looking back at me, and it took me a really long time to own who I was," he said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "And when I was able to own who I was, that's when I had my most success."