The 28-year-old, who won a team bronze medal at his first Olympics on Sunday night, told Daily Mail.com that he would give the traditional gathering a miss in protest against what he sees as homophobia among the country’s leadership.
“If I had the chance to meet him afterwards, after I’m finished competing, there might be a possibility to have an open conversation,” Rippon said in the interview last month. “He seems more mild-mannered than Donald Trump. … But I don’t think the current administration represents the values that I was taught growing up. Mike Pence doesn’t stand for anything that I really believe in.”
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com the gay athlete, who was trending worldwide as number one on Twitter after his routine, said his decision not to go would be ‘ to support my community.’
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He added: ‘No. I have no desire to go to the White House. But I would like to do something to help my community.’
Openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon declined chance to speak with Vice President Pence
Adam Rippon reacts after completing his routine in the figure skating team event men’s single skating free skating during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
But that was not the end of it. Pence apparently was so concerned about Rippon’s comments that he then set in motion the attempt to speak with him. Farah did not reply to an email earlier this week seeking comment, but after the story was published, Jarrod Agen, Pence’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, issued a statement.
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The American team currently stands in third place in the team competition, behind Canada and the Olympic Athletes from Russia
But on the afternoon on Jan. 17, Pence had another focus: He was so concerned about the criticism he received from U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon that his staff went to the extraordinary length of asking the U.S. Olympic Committee to set up a conversation between the two – an offer Rippon turned down.
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‘I have kind of spoken out a lot and I’d I like to do something positive and not just stay at home.’
He said this would probably mean staging an event of his own to highlight his campaign against homophobia and for gay rights.
People have told me, ‘oh, you’re a lot different than what I thought.’ I say, ‘oh, what did you think?’ They’re like ‘oh, we just thought you were an a–.’ I’m like, ‘oh … yikes.’ I’m just trying to share who I am, my personality … Sometimes I might meet people and they might just not like me, not want to get to know me. And that’s OK. They’re boring as hell anyway.
Rippon refused to meet Vice-President Mike Pence when he visited the Olympics claiming he supported ‘homosexual conversion therapy.’
The controversy is not likely to go away and is certain to embroil President Trump when he throws his traditional bash for US Olympians.
Traditionally the President invites Olympians to a reception in Washington with former President Obama twice inviting both summer and winter athletes.
U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon has spent much of his first week or so at these Olympics sharing his opinions, and inspiring them in others. He has emerged as a fan favorites and one of the more talked-about athletes in Pyeongchang because of his openness with his thoughts on LGBT rights, his own coming-out story, his haters and his teammates.
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Rippon was dazzling and the pride of the party in Pyeongchang after he danced and skated through his routine as part of the Team Event to “Arrival of the Birds/Exodus” by The Cinematic Orchestra and “O” by Coldplay.
Rippon missed a spot on the U.S. team for the Sochi Olympics by a lot. Nagasu had finished third in the U.S. championships but was passed over in favor of Ashley Wagner, a highly controversial decision made by U.S. figure skating officials who thought Wagner had better credentials. Despondent and wondering if they’d ever get another shot at the Olympics, Rippon and Nagasu — longtime friends who both skated in Southern California — tried to console each other.
The other US members were Mirai Nagasu and brother and sister couple Alex and Maia Shibitani.
“I know what it’s like to be a young kid and feel out of place, to want to share your ideas and feel like people might not like them. And I spent a lot of time worrying what people thought of me, and as soon as I was able to let go of those doubts, that’s when I was able to find my voice. And I hope that in the process of me sharing who I am with everyone that they can find their voice, too. Honestly it’s really fun to be yourself. It’s really fun to be me.”
Told he had trended as number one on Twitter, he said :’I have always spoken my mind but at same I have always spoken from the heart.
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‘I have a great story. I want people to get to know me, but today it is about this awesome group of people (his US team mates ).
Zhou is quiet but articulate and thoughtful. The most memorable aspect of being told he had made the Olympic team was that it elicited an embrace from his mother, who gave up her job with Oracle to guide his figure skating career even though that meant leaving his father behind in the Bay Area. They lived in apartments without hot water and air conditioning so they could afford to pay for his skating lessons.
Rippon marveled the crowd on the ice, earning a 172.98, and he finished third in his category.
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On Sunday Rippon was dazzling and the pride of the party in Pyeonchang after he danced and skated through his routine as part of the Team Event
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He proved he had come a long way since he started skating in 1999 after seeing a local competition.
His mother took him along to a rink and he declared: ‘He didn’t really like it at first, but grew to love it.’
His ambition was to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and trained for 29 hours a week in Lakewood, California.
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He revealed his philosophy is this: ‘I take whatever situation I’m in, and I spin it like it’s the most positive thing that’s ever happened to me.’
Nagasu began skating at age five in Pasadena, California, trained for 23 hours a week in Colorado Springs before Korea.
Rippon performed his routine to to ‘Arrival of the Birds/Exodus’ by The Cinematic Orchestra and ‘O’ by Coldplay
Rippon marvelled the crowd on the ice, earning a 172.98, and he finished third in his category
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Her parents emigrated to United States of America from Japan. She was a dual citizen up until age 22, as Japan does not allow dual citizenship after that age.
She chose to keep her US citizenship. She revealed that four years ago she and Adam were in a dark place’ as they sat together depressed that they hadn’t made the US team for Sochi and the 2014 Olympics.
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The third successive team were the Shibutanis who trained for 50 hours a week in Canton, Michigan.
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The siblings, nicknamed the ‘Shibsibs ‘began competing together in 2004. Their nickname, comes from shortened versions of ‘Shibutani’ and ‘siblings’.
The pair made their Olympic debut in 2014, when they finished ninth, and in seven world championship appearances they have won two bronze and one silver medal. They took the Four Continents title in 2016, and finished in second place in 2017.
Rippon will return on Friday and Saturday, already a bronze medalist to compete in the Men’s Single Skating event
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Rippon also criticized Pence for his support of President Donald Trump, adding that he would not meet Pence if given the chance
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Rippon blasted the choice of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. delegation at the Olympics in a recent interview and he has now said he will not meet with Trump
Rippon is eager to celebrate what his participation in the PyeongChang Olympics means in the context of gay rights and history
His performance was as clean as the shimmering Korean ice, his smile beaming with satisfaction and a tiny tear of emotion at the end of a job beautifully done
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Rippon came out as gay in October 2015. ‘Being gay isn’t what defines me, but it’s a big part of who I am and I like to talk about my coming out because that’s when I started to own who I was as a person.’
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