Adam Rippon just made U.S. Olympics history.
When the 28 -year-old honchoes 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 competitors have played in the winter recreations in years past — notably, fellow figure skaters Johnny Weir and Brian Boitano — but nothing had been open about their sex orientation heading into the competition.
Rippon may not be alone in sharing the entitle 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 honestly LGBTQ athletes are representing the U.S. on the world stage. And that’s not lost on Rippon.
As he explained to NPR( emphasis added ):
“Growing up, I truly didn’t “ve got a lot” of role model. And I said, if I was ever given the chance and the pulpit, I would share my narrative . … I don’t really care what other beings think up me. I’m able to go out there and I’m really capable of being, like, unabashedly myself. And I want 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 quite the jokester with his 54,000 Twitter followers.
Whether he’s exploring 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 the record straight and cause it be known that no, it’s only my real butt. Thank you for your interest, observations, and concern. Love you.
— Adam Rippon (@ Adaripp) December 9, 2017
What it’s like to be a gay athlete…
I was recently expected in an interrogation what its like to be a homosexual jock in plays. I said that it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Bunches of hard work but usually done with better gaze brows.
— Adam Rippon (@ Adaripp) December 28, 2017
Or employing familial bias to sway the judges…
Heading into the competition tomorrow, I simply want everyone to know that my mummy pictures I’m the best and I really hope the justices make that into consideration.
— Adam Rippon (@ Adaripp) November 9, 2017
Rippon surely 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 enjoy the person or persons I’ve become, and am so excited for what is ahead. My resolvings this year is continually developing, take risks, be indomitable, and be hotter than ever. Glad 2018! [?][?] pic.twitter.com/ WOayaqmOEU
— Adam Rippon (@ Adaripp) January 1, 2018
And as if firing one path wasn’t fairly, Rippon’s age is also preparing Olympics biography this year.
According to The Washington Post, 28 -year-old Rippon will be the oldest U.S. anatomy skater to make a introduction in video games since 1936.
He’s ready to use his seniority 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 chairman or a big brother. I crave the best for the both of them as we foreman into this Olympic Games.”
Making headlines for his age may be a bit less exciting than making LGBTQ history. But Rippon’s happy to make light of the activities of the decade of know-how 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 opening ceremony to Pyeongchang 2018 is organize for Friday, Feb. 9.