Winter Olympics will see first gay American compete.
Adam Rippon will become the first openly gay American to compete at the Winter Olympics, after being chosen to participate.
Rippon, 28, is a figure skater and recently finished in fourth place at the U.S. figure skating championships.
Next month’s Winter Olympics, to be held in South Korea, will see Rippon join fellow U.S. figure skaters Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou in the competition. Last month, Adam was reported by NPR as joking that being a gay athlete was “like being a straight athlete, only with better eyebrows.”
Speaking about the forthcoming Winter Olympics, Rippon said to reporters and quoted by the Washington Post:
I’m really grateful that the selection committee looked at my body of work over the last two seasons. I feel that my experience will help me have my best performances at the Olympic Games, and it feels amazing to say that.
Despite being 28, being selected for the Winter Olympics also makes Rippon the oldest U.S. figure-skating Olympic rookie to compete since 1936.