|Adam Rippon (screen capture)|
Out Olympian Adam Rippon bares all for ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue.
According to People.com, 28-year-old credits the coming out process for giving him the courage to do the all-nude photoshoot.
“I couldn’t have done this [shoot] while I was in the closet,” says Rippon. “I think that, with my experience of coming out, I felt so liberated in so many ways.”
After competing in South Korea at this year’s Winter Olympics, then immediately hitting the road for ‘Stars On Ice’ while simultaneously competing (and winning!) the all-athletes edition of Dancing with the Stars, Rippon’s body is in fierce shape.
“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,” he said. “This is a milestone of all the work it took me to get to the point to be an Olympic medal-winning figure skater.”
The Olympic bronze medalist says he’s grown more comfortable with his body and the concept of masculinity over time.
“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,” he said. “Maybe I’m not typically masculine, but I feel like a strong-ass man when I go out there and compete.”
ESPN Magazine‘s Body Issue hits newsstands on June 29 featuring 16 world-class athletes who bare all for the 10th anniversary edition.
Watch behind-the-scenes footage from Rippon’s photoshoot below.