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Adam Rippon And Leslie Jones Did Olympics Commentary Together

Well, Leslie Jones has done it. She’s gotten herself a sports commentary job… and she’s doing it with Adam Rippon too?!

It seems the Saturday Night Live/Ghostbusters comedian is a big fan of Olympic sports (specifically, figure skating). Her entire Twitter feed is full of her comedic Olympic commentary.

As such, it’s only natural that NBC decided to have her over to do a special commentary gig. And who should decide to join her? None other than Olympian Adam Rippon.

While Rippon rejected NBC’s offer to spend the rest of the 2018 Winter Olympics commentating for them, he did decide to pop in and give it a one-time try.

Along with Scott Hamilton, Jones and Rippon commentated on Canadian ice skating pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Partway through the performance, Jones asked, “Are they getting in trouble for how sexy they are?”

In reference to Virtue, Rippon said, “I watch her, and sometimes I feel like I can feel my hair growing!”

"What's that like?" quipped Scott after that.

Jones then said, “She just makes me feel like a woman.”

“I get that," responded Rippon.

You can watch part of their commentary below.

Gus Kenworthy Celebrates Going To The 2018 Winter Olympics With Pride Commercial

Earlier today, we shared with you the fact that Gus Kenworthy has officially qualified for a spot in the U.S. Olympic skiing team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Now, Kenworthy will be joining figure skater Adam Rippon as one of the first openly gay athletes from the US to go to the Winter Olympics.

This comes just a week after he won first place at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Aspen Snowmass, Colorado, which was one of the qualifying events.

“Very proud to be heading to Korea on behalf of my family, my hometown, the USA and the LGBTQ community!!! Woohoo!!!” he posted on Instagram.

 

I'M GOING BACK TO THE OLYMPICS!!! . . . . . : @sarahannbrunson @usfreeskiteam

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On top of that, shampoo and conditioner company Head & Shoulders was quick to release a marketing campaign to celebrate Kenworthy participating in the Olympics.

As the company said in their official announcement:

"As the first openly gay action sports athlete, Kenworthy will be featured within the brand’s Shoulders of Greatness campaign, which highlights all of the things people carry on their shoulders—pride, pressure, expectations—and how that motivates them to overcome any challenges and focus on achieving greatness,’ reads an official statement from the brand.

‘Head & Shoulders celebrates how Kenworthy carries pride in himself, his country, his family and his community, allowing him to achieve greatness as he looks ahead toward PyeongChang."

In addition, Kenworthy also shared how pleased he is to be a part of the company’s campaign.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the Shoulders of Greatness campaign as it resonates with my journey,” Kenworthy says.

"Before coming out, I was carrying so much pressure that I put on myself."

"It wasn’t until I made the decision to come out that I was able to release that weight off my shoulders and find the confidence to be myself, which allowed me to perform my best."

The 2018 Winter Olympics Are Getting Another Openly Gay Figure Skater

Looks like Adam Rippon's got some company as we have another gay ice skater joining the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Eric Radford and skating partner Meagan Duhamel qualified on Saturday to join the team representing Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Radford is another gay athlete who’s been to the Olympics before, but only came out afterwards. He participated in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi with his partner Duhamel. After that, Radford came out through an interview with Outsports.

Things have been going well for Radford and Duhamel after Radford’s coming out.

Professionally, the two went on to the 2015 World Championships and won. Now, they feel confident going into the 2018 Winter Olympics.

“We know what to expect, so much more than the last time. We know what we’re capable of.”

Then personally, Radford proposed to his boyfriend Luis Fenero last summer.

We wish the best for Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel both at the 2018 Winter Olympics and with their lives in general as well.

h/t: GayStarNews

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.