Figure skater Adam Rippon sent ripples through Pyeongchang, South Korea during the Winter Olympics this past Sunday when the nimble 28-year-old won a bronze medal after his acclaimed performance in the men’s singles free skate. Fun fact: He also has a way with one-liners, and has tweeted read-around-the-world quips like: “I was recently asked in an interview what its [sic] like to be a gay athlete in sports. I said that it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work, but usually done with better eyebrows.” In addition, he has been vocal about his decision not to meet with Mike Pence at the Games.
Another highlight of Rippon's shining moment? His costume. Rippon dazzled on the ice in a tight, slick shirt, comprised of shades of blue with water and feather prints, that was completely bejeweled. The piece was created by Braden Overett, a former competitive figure skater and designer of athletic brand Veretto Sport. “As an echo of the original shirt, we kept some consistency with water and feathers being heavily influential," he wrote in an email. "The difference, however, is that we wanted this one to have a sharpness to it. Some strength in contrast and some weightless power.” It took Overett more than three and a half weeks to make the shirt, creating it out of mesh, spandex blends, airbrush, paint, glue, and “a lot of Swarovski crystal,” he says. “Well into the thousands.” After all, Rippon needed a whole lot of sparkle to live up to his radiant personality.