Homemade Highlights: US Figure Skating Team Falls Short of Gold

Homemade Highlights: US Figure Skating Team Falls Short of Gold

The president's eldest son took to Twitter to bash Adam Rippon, one of America's first two openly-gay Winter Olympic athletes.

Adam Rippon of the United States reacts with teammates as he receives his score following his performance in the men's single skating free skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Rippon tweeted back to show his appreciation. "So much fun", Rippon said to NBC's Andrea Joyce.

Male figure skaters experiencing eating disorders and body image issues like Rippon need considerable support, and there's no bigger stage in sport than the Olympics from which to lead an important conversation like this. I'm like America's sweetheart.' And he just laughed, like, in my face. I got to where I am for working really hard. The most memorable aspect of being told he had made the Olympic team was that it elicited an embrace from his mother, who gave up her job with Oracle to guide his figure skating career even though that meant leaving his father behind in the Bay Area. "So I remember that and that's how I stay focused". "I'm here at the Olympics". But he doesn't just want to be defined as a gay skater — he and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy are the only two openly gay U.S. athletes here — but rather as an Olympic medalist who is gay. "To want to share your ideas and feel like people might not like them". "I'd do a few days having my three pieces of bread and then finish the whole loaf of bread and have 3,000 calories", he said. It was the first time I did a triple in that kind of competition, so I was really excited as soon as I did that'.


"I'm not a gay Olympian".

"I have received so many congratulatory messages from people all over the world". It's incredibly powerful, this platform that you can have at the Olympic Games. It has nothing to do with how I got here.

"I looked around and saw my competitors, they're all doing these quads, and at the same time they're a head shorter than me, they're 10 years younger than me and they're the size of one of my legs", he told the Times. And I hope that in the process of me sharing who I am with everyone, they can find their voice too.

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