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Adam Rippon Scores Bronze Medal in Figure Skating after Breathtaking Performance!

Figure skater Adam Rippon has pretty much been giving us life both before and during the 2018 Winter Olympics, but last night really brought us the cherry on top of the already fabulous cake.

Rippon scored his first ever medal, a bronze, after his flawless performance in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  The song in which he performed to was Coldplay's "O" off of their 2014 album Ghost Stories.

As thrilling as this is for him, there has been widespread frustration at how the judges scored him at a lower level than the two who received Gold and Silver medals that evening: Patrick Chan of Canada and Mikhail Kolyada for Olympic Athletes of Russia.

Both Kolyada and Chan fell during their performances, something Rippon didn't do, but the judges felt that their routines had a higher level of difficulty than Rippon's which led to the higher scores (even with their missteps).  This led to several Twitter users, including Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones, to voice their frustrations online regarding the outcome.

Regardless, Rippon has clearly become the star of the 2018 Winter Olympics, as his outspokenness regarding his feelings towards homophobic Vice President Mike Pence and his incredible performance last night proves what a force he has become in the LGBTQ community.  Congrats Adam on a job well done!  

 

 

Gus Kenworthy & Adam Rippon Shared A Photo Opp (And A Kiss!)

Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon are at the top of the world right now.

Both men are openly gay athletes who are confident gay men and competent athletes (neither are mutually exclusive nor more important than the other).

On top of that, both men have wonderful personalities and have charm and charisma that entices others to like them (which is why they are constantly in the news).

Along with several other openly gay athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Kenworthy and Rippon have the world watching them.

And what do the two do as soon as they touch down in Pyeongchang, South Korea? Have a photo opp.

The two shared pictures of their meeting after the Opening Ceremony and we all couldn’t be prouder.

Good luck with the Winter Olympics, boys.

Mike Pence Can’t Get Over Adam Rippon

Adam Rippon and Mike Pence have been on a rollercoaster ride of news stories since Rippon qualified for the Winter Olympics (only a month ago).

Afterwards, Rippon shared that he didn’t want Vice President Mike Pence to oversee Team USA in the Winter Olympics, and he wouldn't be visiting the White House either.

Pence officially released a statement saying that Rippon’s assertion of Pence’s homophobic policymaking was “totally false” and that he’d be supporting “all the U.S. athletes.”

Now, there’s even more “he said/he said” going on between the two.

While flying the Vice President and his staff to South Korea for the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony, a White House official told the press that Pence’s office contacted the Olympic committee to offer a private meeting with him and Rippon.

Then later, Pence’s deputy chief of staff Jarrod Agen denied that a requested meeting was made.

In addition, Pence took to twitter to again deny that he ever supported conversion therapy.

Meanwhile, Rippon is adamant that he doesn’t support Pence, but also that he’s not as obsessed with the situation as Pence seems to be.

“I’m not trying to pick a fight with the vice president of the United States,” Rippon told reporters.

When asked if he had changed his mind about the customary trip to the White House after the games, Rippon replied with a curt no.

“I said no,” he said specifically.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence continues to try to reach out to Rippon.

Mike Pence Clapped Back At Olympian Adam Rippon

Vice President Mike Pence has decided to clap back at soon-to-be Olympian Adam Rippon.

Rippon made waves a few weeks ago for qualifying to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This made him the first openly gay athlete to go to the Winter Olympics.

Afterwards, Rippon has been making headline after headline for his commentary on the Trump administration.

Most recently, Adam Rippon shared his disdain for Pence.

Rippon said:

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.”

“I don’t think he has a real concept of reality.”

“To stand by some of the things that Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he’s a devout Christian man is completely contradictory.”

“If he’s okay with what’s being said about people and Americans and foreigners and about different countries that are being called ‘shitholes,’ I think he should really go to church.”

Now it seems VP Mike Pence isn’t going to take Rippon’s words standing down.

Through his press secretary, Alyssa Farah, Pence says that Rippon is misguided.

“The vice president is proud to lead the U.S. delegation to the Olympics and support America’s incredible athletes.

“[Rippon]’s accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact. Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the U.S. athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang.”

Adam Rippon Is The First Openly Gay US Man To Qualify For The Winter Olympics

While we’ve certainly had many American gay men go to the Winter Olympics before, they’ve always been in the closet while doing it.

Johnny Weir and Gus Kenworthy, for instance, are two gay male athletes from America who have gone to the Winter Olympics but were in the closet while doing it.

But this year a change has happening. We now have our first openly gay US man going to the Winter Olympics, and his name is Adam Rippon.

Adam Rippon is a 28-year-old figure skater from Pennsylvania who was the US national champion in 2016.

He’ll be joined by Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou as the male figure skaters representing America in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

 

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Despite acknowledging being an openly gay athlete, Rippon doesn't want people to think that’s all he is.

“Being gay isn’t what defines me,” he once told GayStarNews, “but it’s a big part of who I am and I like to talk about my coming out because that’s when I started to own who I was as a person.”

“That’s what’s important, not the being gay part but at some point — gay or straight — you need to own who you are. You can’t be afraid of who you are or else you’re afraid of your own potential, and if you don’t own who you are then you can’t grow.”

He also added:

“A few weeks ago, I was asked in an interview … what was it like being a gay athlete in sports,” he said.

“And I said it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Only with better eyebrows.”

There is one other openly gay male US athlete who might join Rippon in Korea. Gus Kenworthy is still waiting to be qualified for the Winter Olympics. While Kenworthy has been to the Winter Olympics before, this will be his first time going as an openly gay man.

In addition, Luger John Fennell was hoping to get a spot at the Winter Olympics, but a sled malfunction led to him missing qualification.