The 2018 Winter Olympics have sadly come to a close, but that doesn’t mean we have to go without more of Adam Rippon.
America’s first openly gay Olympic medal winner captured the hearts of so many people at the Pyeongchang Olympics. From his unabashedly flaming performances to his inability to take himself seriously, Rippon’s mass appeal is unquestionable.
Perhaps the best part of Rippon is his skill in front of the camera, where he’s known to turn the charm up to eleven. Right before his Men’s Short Program at the Winter Olympics, Rippon told an NBC reporter, "I may not be the best, but I'm the most fun.”
And that fun was certainly on full display during his routine. Somehow, Rippon manages to transport the experience of wading through a sea of sweaty bodies at a gay club and put it all on the ice, where he deftly maneuvers his way through like a waiter on roller skates. Which happens only at the very best gay establishments.
But these are not roller blades, but real steel that Rippon glides upon, and his routine is something that must be experienced. Check out this performance he gave the US Nationals, which was the same set he performed at Pyeongchang.
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Note that the music is exactly the same kind you’d find at a club just a little after midnight when the crowds are at their biggest.
Rippon’s sass was especially noted on social media, where fans from around the world cheered him on.
@Adaripp YOU ARE AMAZING! Just watched your short program...WOWZA! I’m on my feet screaming. You are an American treasure!— LeeAnne Clark (@LeeAnneWrites) February 16, 2018
ALL RAVES WILL NOW BE HELD AT ICE SKATING RINKS IN ADAM RIPPON’S HONOR— Julia Alonzo (@juliaalonzo_) February 16, 2018
Despite all that attitude and apparently flawless skating skills, Rippon still only came in 7th in the Short Program and 10th in Men’s Free Skate. He did, however, take home bronze in the Men’s Free Program Team Event, which is apparently a thing.
And while homosexuality is increasingly accepted in America, there’s still an unfortunate segment of the population that took to social media to express their homophobic views. To the haters, Rippon had a fantastic response, saying “I’m a Glamazon, b*tch.”
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