Memories of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics still burn bright

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One year ago, the Olympic cauldron was lit at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games. Despite the flame being extinguished, the memories of the Games remain seared in history.

Remember when Shaun White, the king of the Olympic snowboard halfpipe, made his return; throwing down back-to-back 1440’s, a double McTwist and a frontside 1260 on his way to the top of the podium?

Or when the effervescent Chloe Kim, then just 17 years old, won her first Olympic halfpipe gold medal, or Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins’ historic gold medal for U.S. cross-country skiing?

What about Mikaela Shiffrin’s gold in giant slalom, or Lindsey Vonn battling back to her second Olympics after missing Sochi in 2014 due to injury, to claim bronze in the downhill?

And who could forget the U.S.’ Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson’s “Oops, I did it again” shootout golden goal against Canada in the women’s hockey final, or when Mirai Nagasu’s triple axel not only helped the U.S. win figure skating team bronze, but pushed her sport past what was thought possible.

The highlights of the Games just keep coming; John Shuster and his team of “rejects” winning curling gold, Ester Ledecka, the Czech snowboarder who shocked everyone, herself included, to win Super-G gold and Nathan Chen, bouncing back from a disappointing short program, to perform the Olympic free skate of his life. While Chen’s teammate, Adam Rippon, used his grace on the ice and outspoken charisma off it to wrap the world around his finger.  

Look back at these moments and more from those 16 glorious days in South Korea as Olympians of a different sort continue to prepare as their time nears at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad next summer in Tokyo on the networks of NBC.

Adam Rippon tells TODAY anchors his New Year’s resolution

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Adam Rippon guest-anchored part of the 9 a.m. hour of NBC’s TODAY to kick off 2019 alongside Sheinelle Jones, Dylan Dryer and Al Roker on Wednesday morning.

“I feel like this is a really great way to start the year,” Rippon told the anchors.

He caught everyone up on his holiday plans while joking about something Rippon and Roker have in common: appearances on “Will & Grace.”

Rippon also said that he recently “bought a place in Vegas,” and like any new homeowner, broke things almost immediately. But in order to leave the negativity of 2018 behind, Rippon quipped, he didn’t spend New Year’s Eve there.

Plus, the ultra-relatable Rippon admitted his New Year’s resolution: Get to the gym more, now that he’s retired from competition.

Check out the clip below:

VIDEO: What Adam Rippon loves, hates about the holidays

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Watch Adam Rippon’s appearance on Will & Grace

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Adam Rippon made his acting debut on “Will & Grace” on Thursday night.

Rippon appeared as a barista named Timothy serving one of the show’s title stars, Will, played by Eric McCormick, one minute into the episode here. Rippon said “Will & Grace” was one of his favorite childhood shows during its first run from 1998-2006.

“When I got the call to ask if I wanted to be on the show, I had to jump at the chance. I’ve never acted before, but I love making people laugh and I love entertaining people,” Rippon said. “So it felt something within my comfort zone, while at the same time being completely opposite of my comfort zone.”

Rippon was not the first Olympian nor the first figure skater to appear on the show. Martina Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam tennis singles champion and a 2004 U.S. Olympian in doubles at age 47, appeared as herself in a 2000 episode.

Rudy Galindo, the 1996 U.S. figure skating champion, appeared as himself in 1999.

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