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Rippon changes mind and won't accept NBC job

Adam Rippon of the United States reacts as his score is posted following his performance in the men's free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

American figure skater Adam Rippon agreed to become an NBC correspondent for the duration of the Olympic games but then changed his mind overnight.


He told NBCSN on Sunday that he was flattered by the offer, "but if I took this opportunity, I would have to leave the Olympic team and I would have to leave the (Olympic) Village."

He said his friends on the Olympic team were there for him during his events and he wanted to return the favor.

Rippon attracted attention for his colorful and candid interviews and his apparent ease with the medium.

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