Well, it’s official! The United States is sending its first-ever openly gay male athlete to the Winter Olympics.
Figure skater Adam Rippon, who we’ve been doting on for a while now, was just selected to join Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou in representing the U.S. at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month.
“I don’t really care what other people think of me,” Rippon says. “I’m able to go out there and I’m really able to be unabashedly myself.”
He added, “I want somebody who’s young, who’s struggling, who’s not sure if it’s OK if they are themselves to know that it’s OK.”
While Rippon has made history as being the first openly gay man to qualify, there have been a number of Olympic figure skaters and other athletes who have come out afterwards.
Figure skater Johnny Weir competed in the 2006 and 2010 Games; he came out publicly until 2011. Freeskier Gus Kenworthy competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics; he came out in 2015.
Oh, and speaking of Kenworthy, he’s expected to find out if he made the cut on the U.S. ski team later this month.
We’d say this is cause for celebration. Liiiike, how about another look back at some of Rippon’s hottest Instagram posts?