Adam Rippon just made U.S. Olympics history.
When the 28 -year-old presidents to South Korea, he’ll be the first honestly gay U.S. male athlete to compete in the Winter Games.
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Other male LGBTQ jocks have participated in the winter activities in years past — notably, fellow digit skaters Johnny Weir and Brian Boitano — but nothing had been open about their sexual orientation heading into the competition.
Rippon may not be alone in sharing the name either.
Openly gay freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy could make it to Pyeongchang too.
Kenworthy, who came out publicly to ESPN in 2015, will find out soon whether he’ll make the cut for South Korea in February. He represented Team USA in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
It matters that frankly LGBTQ athletes are representing the U.S. on the world stage. And that’s not misplaced on Rippon.
As he explained to NPR( emphasis added ):
“Growing up, I certainly didn’t “ve got a lot” of role model. And I said, if I was ever given the chance and the platform, I would share my fib . … I don’t certainly care what other parties think about me. I’m able to go out there and I’m genuinely able to be, like, unabashedly myself. And I crave somebody who’s young, who’s struggling, who’s not sure if it’s OK if they are themselves to know that it’s OK.”
Rippon isn’t all serious business though.
In fact, he’s often fairly the jokester with his 54,000 Twitter followers.
Whether he’s considering his, er …< em> physical assets…
There’s been a lot questions to whether I compete with butt pads on and I’d like to set things straight and give it be known that no, it’s only my real backside. Thank you for your interest, remarks, and apply. Love you.
— Adam Rippon (@ Adaripp) December 9, 2017
What it’s like to be a gay athlete…
I was recently questioned in an interview what its like to be a homosexual contestant in sports. I said that it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Spates of hard work but typically done with better see brows.
— Adam Rippon (@ Adaripp) December 28, 2017
Or squandering familial bias to sway the judges…
Heading into the competition tomorrow, I precisely require everyone to know that my mom fantasizes I’m the best and I certainly hope the justices take that into consideration.
— Adam Rippon (@ Adaripp) November 9, 2017
Rippon certainly isn’t afraid to be himself — in the rink or outside of it.
I’m so proud of myself for how far I’ve come, I cherish the person I’ve become, and am so excited for what is ahead. My settlements this year is continually thriving, take risks, be gallant, and be hotter than ever. Joyful 2018! [?][?] pic.twitter.com/ WOayaqmOEU
— Adam Rippon (@ Adaripp) January 1, 2018
And as if glowing one footpath wasn’t enough, Rippon’s age is also impelling Olympics autobiography this year.
According to The Washington Post, 28 -year-old Rippon will be the oldest U.S. digit skater to make a debut in the games since 1936.
He’s ready to use his rank to the team’s advantage when it comes to mentoring fellow Americans Nathan Chen, 18, and Vincent Zhou, 17: “I always sort of feel like a supervisor or a big brother. I want the best for the both of them as we honcho into this Olympic Games.”
Making headlines for his age may be a bit less exciting than compiling LGBTQ history. But Rippon’s happy to make light of the decade of knowledge he has over Chen and Zhou. “I’m so excited that my two sons are doing so well, ” he quipped to The Post about his teammates. “I’m honored to be their father.”
The welcoming ceremony to Pyeongchang 2018 is plan for Friday, Feb. 9.