Source – Figure skater Adam Rippon, who’s earned a reputation for speaking his mind, has become the first openly gay man to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Despite a disappointing fourth-place finish at the U.S. national championships this weekend, Rippon was named to the U.S. Winter Olympics figure-skating team on Sunday morning.
Rippon came out in 2015, telling Skating magazine he wanted to send a message “to the dad out there who might be concerned that his son is a figure skater.”
“When athletes come out and say that they’re gay, it makes it a little more normal and less of a big deal—especially in the athletic community,” he added. “You have a lot of respect for your fellow athletes for working hard toward a goal. Their sexual orientation takes a backseat to that.”
I was recently asked in an interview what its like to be a gay athlete in sports. I said that it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eye brows.
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) December 28, 2017
READ THIS. Adam Rippon shared an incredibly strong message about what it would mean to him – and the greater community – if he were to get to skate at the Olympics as an openly gay man.
— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) January 5, 2018
Aces kid. Humor and humanity in response to a ridiculously stupid question.
Redheads or brunettes. That’s the difference. And yes it’s just that simple when asking someone about a preference of any kind.
I like chicken, steak and hate fish. Adam likes dudes instead of chicks and has zero to do with being an Olympian. A more relevant question would be “what is it like skating with all that snot in your nose?” Or do you prefer The Godfather or Part two Adam? Both equally as relevant as “You like Guys so whats that like to be attracted to men when you’re skating?”
Treating stupid questions with grace. We should all be more like Adam.
But he seriously needs to blow his nose.