Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon is officially off the market and dating Jussi-Pekka Kajaala, he tells PEOPLE
Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon is officially off the market.
It’s “fresh,” Rippon quips to PEOPLE of his new relationship with Jussi-Pekka Kajaala, of Finland. “I’m fresh!”
He and Kajaala — who is not a skater — met via Tinder, according to a friend. Rippon says they’ve “been talking for the past seven months” and then “started to hang out a little bit more, because we were both really busy.”
Among Rippon and Kajaala’s outings? A shirtless hike in Los Angeles’ Runyon Canyon.
Rippon shared a photo on Monday of the two of them with the caption “Good boys Finnish 🇫🇮 first.”
(Ever the quick wit, Rippon jokes, “Now that I’m even busier, I thought it was a better time [for us] to hang out.”)
The 28-year-old — who helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the team figure skating competition at February’s Winter Olympics, as one of Team USA’s two openly gay male athletes — previously opened up to PEOPLE about his dating life.
He said that the summer before the Games, he made the choice to end things with his then-boyfriend of two years: “This was my third Olympic cycle and I was like, ‘I cannot have any regrets.’ “
“Everything was great with him, he was a great guy, but I felt like I really needed to focus on myself,” Rippon said, adding, “I was lucky that my ex-boyfriend is such a nice person that we’re still friends now.”
Returning home from his medal-winning glory in South Korea, he said, “I think that if I am to meet somebody I want it to happen organically.”
Since he’s been back in America, there has been no shortage of runs-in with those Rippon has crushed on — and those doing the crushing.
“I think a lot of people are afraid to be single and I fully embraced it, because I have really invested a lot of time into thinking about: What do I want to do?” Rippon told PEOPLE in March. “What’s important to me? What gives me the most energy? What inspires me the most? If I can meet a guy that falls into that and is supportive of that, that’s great.”
Still, he admitted with a sardonic shrug, “I’ve tried Tinder and Grindr and everything. I’m only human.”