Yesterday, Christine Brennan at USA Today reported that out figure skater Adam Rippon would be leaving the U.S. Olympic Team and working as a correspondent for NBC for the remainder of the Winter Olympics. The bronze medal was the ideal accessory to an inspired Olympics debut for the charismatic 28-year-old who won over America (and the world) with his dedication to skating and the way he always speaks his mind, especially across social media.
USA skier Gus Kenworthy, who also is gay, has been similarly critical of Pence's role in leading the US delegation, calling him a "strange choice" in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres this week.
The Scranton, Pa. native also gained national attention for his comments to USA Today denouncing Vice President Mike Pence's stance on gay rights.
"I worked so hard to be on this Olympic team, and my teammates and my friends were there for me during my events", Rippon explained further on NBC Sports Network's Olympic Ice.
Even before performing at the Olympics Rippon was at the center of a big story regarding Vice-President Mike Pence, who attempted to claim that he was rooting for Rippon and every other Olympian taking part this year. I would just tell him that there's nothing more liberating than to really own who you are. I'm not America's gay icon.
"I spoke out because there are people out there whose lives have been affected by change that he's tried to make", Rippon said.
Rippon's medal-winning performance came in the same team event in which Eric Radford became the first ever openly gay man to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. I think at first I need a five-minute break and a really stiff drink and then maybe like a day or two off the ice, at least to dry out my costumes, and then we'll see'.