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Figure Skater Adam Rippon Engaged to Jussi-Pekka Kajaala — See Their Sweet Announcement

Olowokandi Fiyin
Feb 11, 2021
10:50 P.M.
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Renowned figure skater Adam Rippon has gotten engaged to his longtime boyfriend Jussi-Pekka “JP” Kajaala. The doting couple shared the great news via a heartwarming announcement on social media.

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Award-winning figure skater Adam Rippon and his longtime boyfriend have taken their relationship to the next level. Yesterday, the lovebirds announced that they recently got engaged via an Instagram post.

The former sportsman shared an array of heart-melting photos of him and JP looking in love. The seven-slide post showed the couple sipping exotic wine as they placed their hands on their knees to flaunt their bands.

Adam Rippon at Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Christmas On I.C.E. at PlayStation Theater on December 17, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Adam Rippon at Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Christmas On I.C.E. at PlayStation Theater on December 17, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

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The lovely image of them drinking was followed by an up-close photo of their gold engagement ring, alongside several playful videos of JP. In the accompanying caption, Rippon told fans the background story of the engagement. He wrote:

“JP and I didn’t get to see each other for almost all of 2020 because of the pandemic. When there was finally a chance for me to go and see him in Finland, I jumped at it.”

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He explained that he couldn’t help but tell him a million jokes as part of his pitch for his NBC comedy hour meeting when he finally saw his lover. Afterward, they drove to the Finnish forest to check on JP’s building project.

The Olympian disclosed to Good Morning America that he and JP didn’t want anything elaborate.

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Amid the busy day of running errands, the duo decided to step up their relationship and visited a jewelry store to pick up their rings and said the special word. As expected, the comments section rang with congratulations for the pair.

During an interview with People magazine confirming the engagement, the 31-year-old Olympian gushed about his man. He noted that he was super excited to marry JP as “he is the best.”

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The figure skater praised JP for being his cheerleader and revealed that they had been in talks about the engagement for a while now. So, when he visited his boyfriend last year November, he knew the moment was right.

Rippon dished that he and JP got down on one knee and both proposed at the same time. He also mentioned that they chose to get their rings from Finland, JP’s native country, to pay tribute to him.

The Olympian disclosed to Good Morning America that he and JP didn’t want anything elaborate, so they settled for a nice homely dinner and counted down while putting the rings on each other’s fingers.

Rippon is prominent for being

the first openly gay

American man to qualify for the winter Olympics. He made quite a mark when he won a bronze medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Games and has since become a fan favorite.

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