American figure skater Adam Rippon has for the first time publicly discussed his sexuality.

The 25-year-old Rippon came out in this month's issue of Skating, the official magazine of U.S. Figure Skating.

“It's the year 2015. So many more athletes are willing to be open, and it's part of the culture now to be more open about who you are and what your interests are,” he said. “Of course people are interested in your sexual orientation. People love rumors. When athletes come out and say that they’re gay, it makes it a little more normal and less of a big deal – especially in the athletic community. You have a lot of respect for your fellow athletes for working hard toward a goal. Their sexual orientation takes a backseat to that.”

The U.S. silver medalist added that he considered coming out before the Sochi Olympics, for which he did not qualify for.

“I did think about it,” he said. “When you go out and compete, you want to represent [skating] to the best of your ability, and you want to represent your true, authentic self. When you're honest with yourself, you can do that. I want to be a relatable example.”

Rippon appears on the Skating cover with figure skater Ashley Wagner.