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@INE FIGURE OF A MAN

ADAM RIPPON WILL BE THE FIRST OUT GAY MAN TO REPRESENT AMERICA IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS WHEN HE SKATES OUT ON TO THE ICE IN SOUTH KOREA

ADAM RIPPON

Los Angeles may be unseasonably warm for mid-January but in the changing rooms of the ice rinks where Adam Rippon trains, it’s bitterly cold. As the Team USA figure skater peels off his clothes for Attitude’s photographer, he jokes about the cold making his muscles stand out more — and says the temperature will make him burn off extra calories.

He may be making fun of the need to keep his body in trim, but fitness is a serious issue for Adam; not only does it represent his means of making a living but his body is also a tool for him to express himself and pursue his purpose in life.

“I want my body to look good”, he explains, “but at the same time it’s a vehicle to do my job so I need to make sure it functions in the right way. For me, this involves keeping a really lean physique so I can be light and quick and do all of those tricks that the 18 and 19-year-old kids are doing.”

At the age of 28, Adam is the oldest figure skater to compete for Team USA since 1936 and, as we move from the changing room into the showers, he exploits this for all the humour he can. He’s a delight to be around — sassy, mischievous and fun, and a gay man who isn’t the slightest bit afraid to camp it up.

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On the cover, wrestling star Anthony Bowens! Plus, our BODY ISSUE special looks at the joys of ageing, and your guide to the backside. Plus, Team USA’s out gay winter Olympian Adam Rippon.