Adam Rippon Will Be the First Openly Gay American Man to Qualify for Winter Olympics
Figure skater Adam Rippon will be the first openly gay man to compete for the United States in the Winter Olympics, which take place in February in South Korea.
“I’m really grateful that the selection committee looked at my body of work over the last two seasons,” said the Pennsylvania native, who qualified over the weekend, told reporters.
Though Johnny Weir’s glitzy performances at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Games prompted media speculation over his sexuality, he never publicly declared his orientation until after retirement.
Rippon may not be the only gay athlete heading to Pyeongchang from the U.S. Freeskier Gus Kenworthy, who came out as gay in 2015, is expected to find out later this month if he’s made the cut on the U.S. ski team.
Watch him skate: