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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Vice President Mike Pence who sat just a few feet (less than a meter) away and seemed to make an effort not to acknowledge them. The two sides also fielded a joint women's ice hockey team, the first unified Olympic team between South Korea and the DPRK .
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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Um clube com muita tradição, um time muito grande, então, é uma oportunidade única que eu quero aproveitar ao máximo. Abel Braga deseja ainda um zagueiro, um meia e um atacante para completar o grupo.
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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The administration also says it will eliminate bureaucratic roadblocks to completing projects that can tie up new roads for years. But shifting the financial burden onto states and local governments, and to private groups, is what drew criticism.