The new role will include work on TV, digital and social media, according to CNN contributor Christine Brennan, who first reported the news for USA Today. Compensation details weren't immediately available. Rippon, 28, is one of the first openly gay U.S. athletes to compete. The figure skater won bronze in the team skating event. He has made headlines for his criticisms of Vice President Mike Pence, and the politician's track record on LGBTQ issues.