“To set the tone for the book, the first sentence is ‘When I first started skating, I f—king hated it,’” Rippon, 29, told Page Six at the launch of his Moët Ice Impérial cocktail Moët Riviera Spritz in New York Wednesday.
The champion figure skater said his first time on the ice he “had this idea of how it was going to go, and when it wasn’t going that way, I was, like, ‘I’m over this. I want to have a hot chocolate.’”
Rippon noted that his hatred for skating didn’t last long, and he soon became an “instigator” for trips to the rink and wanted to go “all the time.”
Years later, the young skater from Scranton, Pennsylvania, became the U.S.’s first openly gay athlete to win a medal at any Winter Olympics. At the 2018 Games, he won a bronze medal in the figure skating team event.
“The last jump and the last program that I competed in in the Olympics, I knew that it was my last one,” he said. “As soon as I landed that last jump, I thought, ‘I skated three perfect programs at the Games. It was everything I wanted it to be.’”
Rippon announced he was retiring from competitive figure skating in November 2018, but told us he still finds time to skate at least once or twice a month. He mostly misses the “structure” the sport provided.
“The life I have now, I’ll be busy for three weeks, have no days off, and then it’ll be, like, ‘You have two weeks off,’” he said. “In my old life, if I had two weeks off that was way too much time.”
Having more time has allowed him to write his memoir, which comes out October 19.
“It’s so nice in this new transition in my life to take a moment and realize how far I’ve come,” he said, adding that writing his life story was “harder than I thought, but at the same time, really enjoyable.”
He continued, “The one thing I’m most proud of is who I am as a person and the way I feel about myself when I wake up in the morning, and that did not happen overnight. I wanted to share the experiences and things that I’ve gone through to develop into who I am today… who is still developing.”
Rippon said “Beautiful on the Outside” will mirror the tone of Tina Fey’s “Bossypants,” which is a collection of autobiographical essays written by the “Saturday Night Live” star.
“I wanted to write something that had a lot of those stories in there, but was also really funny,” he said. “When you have a really serious situation and you inject a little bit of humor into it … as heavy as it can get, I always look forward to putting the next joke in.”
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