A medalist now too, Rippon embraces function at Olympics


Pence's press secretary Alyssa Farah responded to USA Today Sports, saying "The vice president is proud to lead the US delegation to the Olympics and support America's incredible athletes". The third member of the US men's delegation, two-time national champion Nathan Chen, missed the session because of a change in his training schedule in advance of the men's singles event, which starts here on Friday with the short program. I said that it's exactly like being a straight athlete.

On Twitter, our favorite figure skater responded to any Adam Rippon haters who may be out there, also providing a great lesson in the optics of success and failure.

In addition to making his lovely skate in PyeongChang, Rippon has also announced he won't attend the White House reception held for the Olympians.

And the "America's sweetheart" label?

"I've always sort of been unabashedly myself and always spoken my mind and from the heart".

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"And you know what, I think America's just catching on", he said.

He added: "If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren't a friend of a gay person but that they think that they're sick". But really, it was his mental state that was most affected.

The first openly gay men to compete in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics shared a smooch in protest of Vice President Mike Pence. And I spent a lot of time worrying what people thought of me, and as soon as I was able to let go of those doubts, that's when I was able to find my voice.

To all those who tweet at me saying that they "hope I fail", I have failed many times many times in my life. Honestly it's really fun to be yourself.