Figure skater Adam Rippon scored in third place in the men’s freestyle part of the team figure skating event this weekend, and the U.S. team took home the bronze medal overall.
Rippon, 28, performed in his Olympic debut early Monday morning (Sunday night in the US) in a glittery outfit.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 12, 2018
Right after his performance, he told NBC, “I want to throw up, I want to go over to the judges and say ‘can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink?’”
Former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir said that Rippon was “spellbinding.”
“I’m a little bit taken aback as to why he’s in second place,” Weir said. Rippon was in second place right after his performance. He finished behind Canada’s Patrick Chan and second-place finisher Mikhail Kolyada from Russia, who both fell.
It didn’t matter to fans on Twitter, who were loving Rippon’s performance.
In seriousness, Adam Rippon’s excellence under extreme pressure (even by the standards of an Olympian!) feels capital-I Important for queer people who’ve had little good news of late. This is a good moment.
— Daniel D’Addario (@DPD_) February 12, 2018
watching that Adam Rippon skate pic.twitter.com/mtif7PeCbM
— Megan Schuster (@megschuster) February 12, 2018
All I’m going to say is I’m grateful for Adam Rippon and for every LGBTQ person who brings so much beauty to this world. pic.twitter.com/wVGD4XIOaD
— Bryce Tache (@brycetache) February 12, 2018