Figure skater Adam Rippon has been tearing it up at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in which he became the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to medal. Beyond this, he’s become a social media sensation thanks to his dazzling on-ice performances and his out, proud, and hilarious tweets.
Adam Rippon calls his routine a "trashy dance-club program." Meet the @TeamUSA figure skater in the latest episode of the @AP's "The Olympians." https://t.co/7HspIOvZLc @Adaripp #MeetTheOlympians pic.twitter.com/u292zcJF0F— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) January 23, 2018
I described myself as “a little trashy and a little fun” to the Associated Press. I bet my mom is proud. https://t.co/v1ws5aldOC— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) January 24, 2018
While you were busy being heterosexual, I studied the blade pic.twitter.com/rsYF2oF08j— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) January 24, 2018
Me @ me when I’m tired during practice and go into every jump in my program pic.twitter.com/hP0DWjLv7X— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) January 29, 2018
This is a shot from my shoot with @GQMagazine - I’m sitting in a Kohl’s parking lot bush. With the lights from the Taco Bell next door twinkling in my eye, Ryan Pfluger has never made me feel more beautiful. pic.twitter.com/fO2568HJJJ— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 10, 2018
FUN FACT: Being true to who you are and not giving a shit about what others think about you is an awesome and liberating thing whether you are gay or not - Sometimes we the gays need to be reminded more often but, LIKE, EVERYONE SHOULD TRY IT, FOR REAL. JUST DO IT.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 14, 2018
I was recently asked in an interview what its like to be a gay athlete in sports. I said that it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eye brows.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) December 28, 2017
But Rippon’s not alone in repping American queerness at the Winter Olympics. He’s got the support of fellow gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy.
Freeskier Gus Kenworthy didn’t win a medal after his ski slopestyle event. However, when he was greeted by his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas, he made LGBTQA history as this touching moment was broadcast on live national television.
Didn't realize this moment was being filmed yesterday but I'm so happy that it was. My childhood self would never have dreamed of seeing a gay kiss on TV at the Olympics but for the first time ever a kid watching at home CAN! Love is love is love. pic.twitter.com/8t0zHjgDg8— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 19, 2018
He even made a fan of Britney Spears.
But Kenworthy had caught Gay Twitter’s attention ahead of this event, thanks to this tweet where he threw shade at homophobic VP Mike Pence.
Broke my thumb yesterday in practice. It won't stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence's hand so… Silver linings! Will be giving my teammates (and literally everyone else) an enthusiastic "thumbs up!" of encouragement the rest of the trip. pic.twitter.com/XylPPGAq9P— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 15, 2018
Later, he shared a shot, which is a sign of how hard Olympians work, a Call Me By Your Name shout out, and a total thirst trap.
A peach hasn't been this destroyed since Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name.🍑 pic.twitter.com/GSpdjZGox2— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 20, 2018
Oh to be an ice pack on that peach.