Adam Rippon shows off his stunning spread for ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue.
Adam Rippon bared it all to show off his perfect physique for ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue. He is one of 16 athletes who sat for ESPN‘s Body Issue, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Olympic bronze-medalist, 28, was surprised when he stripped down for the nude photo shoot; something he insists he would not have done a few years ago.
“I couldn’t have done this [shoot] while I was in the closet,” Rippon, who came out publicly in 2015, told the magazine. “I think that, with my experience of coming out, I felt so liberated in so many ways.” The figure skater sat for the photo shoot soon after his return from the 2018 Winter Olympics. He admits that was in top physical shape at the time of the shoot, and he expects his body to change now that he’s not training for the Olympics.
“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 stated. “This is a milestone of all the work it took me to get to the point to be an Olympic medal-winning figure skater.”
Today, Rippon shared several photos from his spread, and they’re beyond stunning. The first photo he shared shows him striking a gorgeous pose on his skates. He captioned the image: “Getting to shoot ESPN’s Body Issue was amazing, but being one of their covers is so awesome, unreal, and honestly WTFFFF!!!”
Shortly after his first post, Rippon shared the following photos in a gallery, adding “Shots from ESPN Body 10″ in the caption.
ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue, which also stars New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley, WWE’s Charlotte Flair, Huston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, golfing legend Greg Norman and others, hits newsstands June 29.
Until then, you can watch the behind the scenes video below.
Photography by Eric Lutzens.