‘After skating at the Olympics, I ate every cheeseburger going’
Adam Rippon, 28, Olympic figure skater and TV host
Sleep I’m so busy at the moment that I alternate between getting a full night’s sleep and getting one to two hours. I’ve realised that you can still get a lot done on very little sleep, but you do feel as if you’re melting. Before bed, I wash my face and apply lotion, usually something from a goody bag. I just pack it on and hope for the best. I have a big problem with scrolling before bed, so I try to charge my phone on the other side of the room. Otherwise, I’ll start Googling to see if a mole on my arm could be cancer and end up watching someone reviewing a heated blanket, not knowing how or why I got there.
Eat When I was training, I had to eat super-clean – a lot of chicken and vegetables. Straight after the Olympics, I rebelled and ate every cheeseburger I could get my hands on. I had to get my shit together after I saw one or two videos of myself where I thought, “Oh, she’s getting big.” Now, if I’m at home in LA, I try to take a healthy packed lunch, like a chicken caesar salad. I just feel better, and look better: it’s better for everybody.
Work As an athlete, I was very regimented, but at the moment every day brings something different. It’s helped me become more adaptable, though I look forward to a time when I go to work in the same place every day. Hopefully, I’ll make tons of money, and still have time to go to the gym. Even before I was recognisable, I always felt famous. I’ve always tried to live like a superstar.
Family I’m the eldest of six and I’m very close to my mother and siblings. We have a group text thread that is great for keeping in touch – and teasing each other. Whenever I have a spray tan, I end up a totally different colour from the rest of them and they tell me I’m adopted.
Fun I’m usually working seven days a week, at least six. When I have a day off, my preferred way to relax is to lie on the couch completely motionless and emotionless. I love Reese Witherspoon, so I might watch Legally Blonde, which I’ve seen seven times. We were on the same talkshow once, which was serendipitous. We shared a mutual admiration
Adam Rippon was the winner of the Attitude magazine sport award 2018. Interview by Joe Stone