The American figure skater Adam Rippon, who was crowned the Dancing with the Stars season 26 winner, talks about his win and also about the retired Figure Skater, Tonya Harding.
Following a hard-fought season, Adam, who is dating his boyfriend, Jussi-Pekka Kajaala, gave the show his all and went on to win the season 26 with his partner Jenna Johnson. The dancing couple went on to win the competition after they beat the other finalists, Tonya and Sasha Farber, and Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess.
An exclusive interview with the winner of the show revealed that he didn't know what to expect from the finalists, especially Tonya, upon whom the movie of Margot Robbie, I, Tonya is based upon. To the figure skaters out there, Tonya has stayed as their inspiration. The same thing happened to Adam.
The Olympic bronze medalist knew about the former figure skater but had never met her. So, he was confused as to what to expect from her. In the interview, he reveals that his whole world is skating but, he had never commuted with Harding before.
Tonya was banned from competitive skating because of her guilt of attacking her rival skater Nancy Kerrigan. Even if she is seen to be guilty of that, Adam has a different thought on Tonya. According to him, the former skater was always nice to him and others around.
He states that there are only positive thoughts about his interactions with Tonya. According to him, she is honest and fun to run into. He also added that it was a nice thing to see her take advantage of her second chance and lived in the present moment.
Rippon had, with all those memories, a regret! He shared in the interview that it was a pain not to have met other contestants during rehearsals. He ended the interview with a statement saying that he was not afraid to be different or a little weird.
While for Tonya, she thought that the win of Adam was entirely a correct decision. She stated that the winners brought everything they could and got what they deserved. Following her defeat, she said that she could hold her head high and stay positive for the times ahead.