Figure Skater Adam Rippon Comes Out As Gay

U.S. National silver medalist figure skater Adam Rippon has come out as gay in the pages of Skating magazine, U.S. figure skating's official magazine.

From NBC Sports:

“Being gay is not something that defines me,” Rippon, 25, said in Skating magazine. “What defines me is what my mom always taught me: to treat everyone with respect, to always be a hard worker and to be kind.”

Rippon has skated in three World Championships, with a best finish of sixth in 2010, but never the Olympics. He was eighth at the January 2014 U.S. Championships, missing the two-man 2014 U.S. Olympic team.

“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,” Rippon said in the magazine. “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.”

Rippon is scheduled to open his season at Finlandia Trophy in Finland next week. He is entered in Skate Canada on Halloween weekend.

“I want to be a relatable example,” Rippon said in the article. “And I want to say something to the dad out there who might be concerned that his son is a figure skater. I mean look at me; I’m just a normal son from small-town Pennsylvania. Nothing changed. I’d just like to be a good role model. I’ve been honest with myself the whole time. I worked hard and loved what I did.”

Congrats, Adam and good luck this season!! 

 

(H/T: Towleroad)

 

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A GAY FIGURE SKATER?!?! Well I simply cannot, nay WILL not, believe such a thing. My god, will wonders never cease? Heavens to Betsy *and* Murgatroyd, whatever will these crazy kids think of next? GAY FLORISTS?! I verily clutch my pearls in horror. 

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@Riley, seriously?! Just because you're gay doesn't mean you like "putting "stuff" up your anus". Why do some straight guys always go there? Hmm 

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You go boy it takes a lot of courage to kick that closet open its kinda scary at first but you know what you are a special creation god mad you as you are and that's so awesome I congradulate you .

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Riley completely proves my point. His post is, in its offensiveness and inaccuracy, the sort of thing lgbt people have to tolerate frequently. What's your argument Riley?

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Who needed this queen to come out? Not courageous to tell everyone you like putting stuff in your a n u s.

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GOOD FOR HIM !! - We GAY Men Are The Best & The Woman do NOT Like It. And I say Kick ROCKS. ha HA HA!

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"Coming out as alive" comment- I don't think that person meant disrespect, it was just meant to say that Adam coming out was fairly obvious. (Which I don't necessarily agree with, never assume someone's sexuality).

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With respect it is nothing like you coming out as alive. Coming out as alive does not open you up to vile comments, discrimination and ridicule. What it does do is to display a message to that young person who listens to churches calling them disordered, who fears rejection from their families if their sexuality becomes known, the adult who fears name-calling, those experiencing work-place discrimination, conversion therapy, violence and suspicion; a message that they are not alone and that they can live open and happy lives being who they really are. This skater shows huge courage and does a wonderful service to others. I salute him.

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It's always nice when an athlete of ANY KIND comes out, and says something nice like this young man does. I'm sure all the young gay boys who want to become figure skaters would love to know there are guys like them doing what they love to do, skating.

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that's like me coming out as alive

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A sadder man but wiser now I sing these words to you.....

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Must be a slow news day -_- 

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Must be so nice to be so high, mighty and above it all.....

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