As Rippon-mania has swept the country during the Winter Olympics, the out athlete has dominated news coverage and the queer community’s heart. With so many Adam updates happening every day, it can be hard to keep up. We got you, our little Rippon junkies…
Speaking at a press conference, Rippon told journalists, “Nobody loves me as much as I love me; so I guess I’ll just be my own Valentine tomorrow.”
We’d be happy to prove him wrong. Why?
He’s ‘toning it down’
He bats away the Mike Pence controversy
In a “I don’t know her” moment that would make Mariah Carey proud, Rippon brushed away the ongoing drama with Vice President Mike Pence, saying, “I don’t want my Olympic experience to be about Mike Pence.”
He’s cheekily dubbed himself “America’s Sweetheart”
The very next sentence after his diss on Pence was this, “I want it to be about my amazing skating and being America’s sweetheart.” Boom.
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) February 13, 2018
He used a RuPaul quote to reply to his haters on Twitter
You can’t keep a good man down – especially not when he’s a glamazon bitch.
To all those who tweet at me saying that they “hope I fail”, I have failed many times many times in my life. But more importantly, I’ve learned from every setback, proudly own up to my mistakes, grown from disappointments, and now I’m a glamazon bitch ready for the runway.
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 13, 2018
Elmo sent him love for winning a bronze medal
C’mon. Even Elmo loves the guy. And we all know how mercurial Elmo can be. One good tickle and he’ll leave for the next person who comes along.
When Elmo sees Elmo’s friend @Adaripp doing GREAT in the Olympics!
— Elmo (@elmo) February 12, 2018
He’s doing it for the kids
Speaking of the Sesame Street crowd, at the same press conference where he called himself “America’s sweetheart,” he explained his motivation for being out and proud at the Games.
“I can’t tone it down. I’m being me and being myself,” Rippon said. “I’ve got so many messages from kids all over the country — I’m getting so emotional thinking about it — I think that’s why it’s so important. I think as an athlete I use this platform to my advantage. I think it’s giving my skating a greater purpose.”
Speaking of gay kids…
This news clip has resurfaced of Rippon talking about his Olympic dreams – when he was 13.
He was fresh off a competition in Luxembourg, but the most adorable part is his excitement over taking his first plane and train rides.