Adam Rippon stole America’s hearts with his quick wit, sharp tongue, and even sharper skates.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that he’s completely adorable and has a legendary (and real) booty that works very well in the construct of stretchy skating and dance outfits.
Now Adam is putting it all out on display. The athlete, 28, took off everything but the skates for ESPN Magazine’s annual Body Issue.
He told the magazine he could never have done the shoot even just a few years back:
“I couldn’t have done this [shoot] while I was in the closet. I think that, with my experience of coming out, I felt so liberated in so many ways.”
While the photos are just hitting the web now, the shoot actually took place shortly after Rippon’s bronze-medal performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
He says the timing is everything:
“I don’t want to say I’ll never be in this shape again, but I’ll never be in this shape. I’ll be in another shape. This is a milestone of all the work it took me to get to the point to be an Olympic medal-winning figure skater.”
Olympic shape or not, we’re still stanning hard.
“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve redefined to myself what being masculine is and, to me, being masculine is owning yourself as a man. Maybe I’m not typically masculine, but I feel like a strong-ass man when I go out there and compete.”
Adam is one of 16 athletes to be featured in the new Body Issue, celebrating its 10th anniversary and hitting newsstands June 29.
Watch a preview of his shoot below: