TIME 100: Adam Rippon reveals 'epiphany' he had at the Olympics

Adam Rippon may have been thrown into the spotlight when he became an overnight star during the 2018 Winter Olympics, but he's more than ready to take on his newfound fame.

The Olympic figure skater caught up with AOL Entertainment at the 2018 TIME 100 Gala on Tuesday night and explained how an "epiphany" he had during the Olympics has helped him to navigate being in the public eye.

"When I was at the Olympics -- after the competition was done -- I felt like I had this epiphany that I was finally doing what I was meant to do my entire life," he told us. "To have this platform and these opportunities to share my story and make people laugh and to be considered a voice for other young people still seems completely surreal, but I know I’m ready for that responsibility."

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Proof of Rippon's quick impact is the fact that he was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, alongside stars with decades-long careers like Nicole Kidman, John Krasinski and Hoda Kotb.

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Adam Rippon out and about since the Olympics
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Mirai Nagasu (L) and Adam Rippon attend DSW Block Party hosted by Olympians Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu on June 27, 2018 at Ramscale Studio in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for DSW)
US Olympic athelets Adam Rippon (R) and Kosovar-British singer Rita Ora attend The Trevor Project's TrevorLIVE New York at Cipriani Wall Street on June 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US olympic athlete Adam Rippon attends The Trevor Project's TrevorLIVE New York at Cipriani Wall Street on June 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Hosts Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon speak onstage during The Trevor Project TrevorLIVE NYC at Cipriani Wall Street on June 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Trevor Project)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Figure skater Adam Rippon visits ' The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on June 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Adam Rippon visits Build Series to discuss 'Dancing with the Stars' at Build Studio on May 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Zak Photography/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Figure skater Adam Rippon poses for a photo to celebrate the 'Dancing With The Stars' Finale at The Empire State Building on May 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2604' - After three weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final three couples advance to the finals of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' live on MONDAY, MAY 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) ADAM RIPPON, JENNA JOHNSON
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: Mirrorball trophy winners figure skater Adam Rippon (L) and dancer/TV personality Jenna Johnson pose at ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes' Season 26 - Finale on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2604' - After three weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final three couples advance to the finals of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' live on MONDAY, MAY 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) JENNA JOHNSON, ADAM RIPPON
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 14: Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson attend ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars: Athletes' Season 26 semifinal show on May 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2603' - The six remaining athletes are ramping up their spring dance training as they ready themselves for another double-header, on the semi-finals of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, MAY 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) ADAM RIPPON, JENNA JOHNSON
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2601' - Sports fans rejoice as one of the most competitive seasons of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 determined athletes who will take to the ballroom floor for their first dance, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) JENNA JOHNSON, ADAM RIPPON
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Adam Rippon attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Adam Rippon attends the 2018 TIME 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon attends the 2018 Best-of-the-Best Awards Gala at the Washington Hilton on April 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Adam Rippon is seen walking in Midtown on April 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12: Adam Rippon attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12: Adam Rippon attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) ADAM RIPPON, JENNA JOHNSON
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Olympic figure skaters Adam Rippon (L) and Ashley Wagner arrive at the Human Rights Campaign's 2018 Los Angeles Gala Dinner at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Adam Rippon celebrates as he is honored with the Visibilty Award during the Human Rights Campaign 2018 Los Angeles Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: Adam Rippon discusses 2018 Winter Olympics with the Build Series at Build Studio on March 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: Adam Rippon discusses 2018 Winter Olympics with the Build Series at Build Studio on March 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Olympic medalist Adam Rippon is the guest today, Thursday, March 8, 2018 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) ADAM RIPPON
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: Adam Rippon attends the premiere of 'Rise' hosted by NBC & The Cinema Society at The Landmark at 57 West on March 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: 2018 Winter Olympics Bronze medal winner, figure skater Adam Rippon visits 'Extra' at Renaissance New York Times Square hotel at Times Square on March 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Adam Rippon visits the SiriusXM studios on March 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Adam Rippon -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Adam Rippon -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Adam Rippon attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Olympic medalist Adam Rippon attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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To make things even wilder for the 28-year-old, Cher wrote the accompanying blurb for the annual TIME issue.

"All figure skaters are beautiful, but Adam Rippon is different," Cher wrote of Adam. "He isn’t just a beautiful skater. He has humility, grace and an incredible sense of humor."

For Rippon, the honor of having such a legendary performer pay tribute to him was the icing on the cake. He told AOL Entertainment that he already followed Cher's notoriously wild Twitter account before he found out that she wrote about him.

"I’m a huge Cher fan because she speaks in mostly emojis, which I do love," he said with a laugh. "Sometimes I need to spend a few hours with a cup of hot tea and really decode it. But I’ll get there. I love her. I love a good scavenger hunt."

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Journalist Megyn Kelly attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Megyn Kelly attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Jennifer Lopez attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Hoda Kotb attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actors Emily Blunt and John Krasinski attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Nicole Kidman attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Musician Keith Urban and actor Nicole Kidman attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Olympian Lindsey Vonn attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Television host Savannah Guthrie attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Millie Bobby Brown attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: News anchor Al Roker attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Musician Shawn Mendes attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Sterling K. Brown attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Susan Kelechi Watson attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: United States Representative Maxine Waters attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Television hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Martha Stewart attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Greta Gerwig attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Singer Kesha attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Olympian Adam Rippon attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Mia Farrow attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Ben Platt attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Activist Janet Mock attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actors Susan Kelechi Watson and Sterling K Brown attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Comedian Leslie Jones and designer Christian Siriano attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Emily Nestor and Ronan Farrow attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Journalist David Muir attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Yara Shahidi attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Comedian Trevor Noah attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Author Padma Lakshmi attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: MeToo! Founder, activist Tarana Burke attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Journalist Norah O'Donnell attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Deepika Padukone attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actor Lena Waithe and Alana Mayo attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
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