After Rippon's Olympic debut, where he helped Team USA secure a bronze medal in the team skate competition, Tirico asked the figure skater if the feud distracted him in his preparation for the Olympics.
The openly gay skating star then held court with NBC's Mike Tirico, touching on many topics in an entertaining interview that lasted nearly four minutes.
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Responding to Rippon's statement, Pence's press secretary told the same publication that the vice president is proud to lead the US delegation as well as supporting the country's athletes during the 2018 Winter Olympics. He said he didn't want to meet Pence in South Korea if given the chance. And I'm excited that Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy will be the first openly gay Olympians.
After reports circulated that Rippon, one of only two openly gay athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics, had turned down a meeting proposal with Pence, the vice president's chief of staff quickly denied such claims. There have been a lot of stories written about that including the vice president's involvement. But you've said you're not going to let it be a distraction. That's a lot to say.
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Rippon: "You know, Ive worked my entire life for this moment. But more than that, my mom has always taught me to stand up for what I believe in, and that has given my skating a greater objective", Rippon said. "So I remember that and that's how I stay focused".
Given both his talent and personality, Rippon will be a constant media presence for the rest of these Olympics.
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