Adam Rippon has already made Olympic - and LGBTQ - history as the first openly gay figure skater to compete in the Games. As of yesterday, he's also the first to win a medal. It's not just his skill that's being noticed, either. Adam seems to be the fan favorite this year because of his unfiltered attitude on everything from Mike Pence to the condoms that are given to athletes during the Olympic Games. It also doesn't hurt that he's not a bad sight to look at either.
Rippon received a lot of praise (and some backlash) for being outspoken about his feelings toward VP Mike Pence last week. The figure skater said that due to Pence's agenda and support of anti-gay policies, like his endorsement of gay conversion camps when he was Governor of Indiana, there is no chance of a White House visit with Team USA once the Games wrap up later this month - at least not for him. "No, I have no desire to go to the White House," he told the Daily Mail. "But I would like to do something to help my community," he added.
Rippon and fellow gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy also shared a quick photo on Instagram as the Olympics were about to begin in PyeongChang, South Korea. The caption: "Eat your heart out, Mike Pence." Well tell us how you really feel, boys!
There's also been some talk about the lack of pizzazz on one of the most popular products handed out at the Olympics - condoms. Rippon claimed he was really looking forward to something better.
"Like, I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting," Rippon told Huffington Post. "I thought maybe they’d have like Olympic rings on them or they’d be all different colors, but, no. It’s all a myth. And I’m not, like, upset," he said with a long pause. "I’m disappointed."
The now-Olympic medalist is very aware of his popularity right now, too. He seems to be taking in the spotlight very subtly, giving himself the title of America's Sweetheart.
"The other day I was joking to one of my friends. He was like, ‘You’re kind of everywhere right now.’ I was like, ‘I know; I’m America’s sweetheart,'" he told The Washington Post.
Stay humble, Adam.