Adam Rippon

Cindy Seip

Adam Rippon is an Olympic athlete and medal-winning figure skater. He won the 2010 Four Continents Championships and the 2016 U.S. National Championships and was selected to represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. He came out as gay in October 2015 and became the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to win a medal in a Winter Olympics. Beautiful on the Outside (Hachette Book Group) tells Rippon’s journey from a homeschooled kid in Scranton, PA, to self-professed American sweetheart on the world stage and all the disasters and self-delusions it took to get him there. From traveling to practices on the Greyhound bus next to ex-convicts to being so poor he could only afford to eat the free apples at his gym, Rippon got through the toughest times with a smile on his face, a glint in his eye, and quip ready for anyone listening. Your mom probably told you it’s what on the inside that counts — but then, she probably was never a competitive figure skater.