Adam Rippon made history in 2018 when he became the first openly gay U.S. athlete to qualify for the Olympics. Other athletes came out after their Olympic tenure or after making their respective teams.
Then Vice President Mike Pence became the United States diplomatic representative for the games in South Korea.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will air on NBC starting Thursday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Coverage of the games begins with the men's short program in figure skating, which determines who will advance to the free skate (only 24 of the 30 competitors will move forward). During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the figure skating competitions were the most-watched event according to Forbes, with a viewership of 93 million.
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First Openly Gay U.S. Winter Olympian Slams Mike Pence, Questions His Fitness to Lead Olympic Delegation
Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon had harsh words for Vice President Mike Pence, questioning his fitness to lead the U.S. delegation to South Korea for the upcoming Winter Games. Rippon cited as reasons for his disdain Pence's profoundly conservative views on marriage equality and LGBT rights, as well as his record of supporting “conversion therapy” for LGBT youths.
“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it,” Rippon told USA Today.
Adam Rippon recently became the first openly gay United States athlete to qualify for the Winter Olympics. The figure skater finished fourth in the U.S. figure skating championships; he'll compete alongside Vincent Zhou and Nathan Chen on behalf of the U.S. in Pyeongchang.
Of course, it's not like the talented performer just came out. He's been openly gay for quite some time! In fact, it's been over two years now since the day Rippon first came out in SKATING magazine. Here are the details.