Adam Rippon is the first out gay American athlete to medal at the Winter Olympics

Feb. 14, 2018

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Team USA’s Adam Rippon performed his free skate routine on Feb. 11 to contribute to the figure skating team event.

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The 28-year-old skated a near-perfect routine to Coldplay’s “O” and helped the American team snag bronze.

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With the win, Rippon became the first out gay American athlete to medal at the Winter Olympics.

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Rippon came out when he was 25 years old and told NBC that coming out made him a better athlete.

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How can you be consistent and go out and show the judges who you are when you don’t know who you are?

— Adam Rippon to NBC

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Rippon has been asked what it’s like to be a gay athlete in sports.

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“It’s exactly like being a straight athlete," he tweeted. "Lots of hard work but usually done with better eyebrows.”

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