U.S. Figure Skater Adam Rippon Is An Olympics Darling! Here Are 5 Fast Facts!


A star is born!

On Monday, U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon spoke to Good Morning America‘s Amy Robach in PyeongChang, South Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympics where he totally stole the show!

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After his charming interview, Michael Strahan gushed:

“That was one of the best interviews I’ve ever seen.”

WATCH (below) to see why:

In case you aren’t familiar with the athlete, here are five fast facts!

1. Adam is making history!

When Rippon made the U.S. team, he is believed to be the first openly gay American athlete to qualify for any Winter Olympics!

2. He ALREADY won an Olympic medal, though people think he got robbed!

On Monday, the 28-year-old won a bronze medal in the figure skating team competition behind Russian skater Mikhail Kolyada and Canadian skater Patrick Chan.

However, social media users believe he should’ve won gold as both aforementioned skaters FELL during their routines! People on Twitter wrote:

In response to the controversy, he told GMA:

“I think we need to get those people who think that I was ripped off on a judging panel immediately. Maybe before the individual competition.”

Because of his award, Rippon is believed to be the first openly gay U.S. athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.

3. Adam is friends with fellow gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy!

As seen on Instagram, the figure skater and the freestyle skier have become quite the duo!

I’m a proud dad, today. ❤️🥉💛💚💙💜A post shared by gus kenworthy (@guskenworthy) on Feb 12, 2018 at 12:22am PST

Adam even describes Gus as “such a sweetheart,” “super nice,” and “super cute”!

4. Adam is giving Vice President Mike Pence the cold shoulder!

Rippon has publicly criticized VP Mike Pence for his long record of anti-gay legislation, and for his reported support of gay conversion therapy, which was denied by Pence spokesman Marc Lotter, according to the New York Times in November 2016.

In an interview with USA Today in January 2018, Adam quipped:

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

He also said he would NOT be open to meeting with Pence at the winter games.

“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… I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that.”

On Monday, he reiterated his position to GMA:

“I personally don’t have anything to say to Mike Pence… I’m very lucky because legislation he’s pushed hasn’t affected my life at all. I spoke out because there are people out there whose… lives have been affected by changes that he’s tried to make… Right now I have a voice, and I think it’s really important for me to use it,”

Earlier this month, Pence reached out to Rippon on Twitter, saying he is “proud of [him]” and that he shouldn’t believe the “fake news” suggesting otherwise.

5. Adam has BIG plans after the Olympics!

When he returns to the States, Rippon plans to celebrate at… Target! He told GMA:

“I’m gonna go to Target, and I’m gonna get a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc Oyster Bay, with the twist top. Immediately.”

Adam, you 100% deserve it!

[Image via Adam Rippon/Instagram.]

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