When a teenage Adam Rippon dreamed of the Olympics

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Adam Rippon, the first openly gay U.S. winter Olympian, has become something of a hero for American fans, queer or not. Even before he won a bronze medal for Team USA Monday Rippon established that he would stand up for gay rights. After his performance, he tweeted a message to his detractors:

Even before competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Rippon made headlines for denouncing Vice President Mike Pence’s record of opposition to LGBT rights. Friday, the 28-year-old Olympian will compete in the men’s single skating event. But what did teenage Rippon think about the Olympics?

In an unearthed 2003 interview with Pennsylvania TV station WNEP-TV, Rippon, then 13 and already having won international figure skating competitions, told reporter Jim Coles exactly where he aimed to be.

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  1. 😘Ultra cute then and with a better haircut too!
    Good he stuck with it, seems to have paid off quite well for all his years of effort.

  2. I wish him the best of luck in this Olympics. I know he’s American and I should root for him, but I personally think the Japanese and Chinese are more pleasing to watch.

  3. What a charming young man, if Yuzuru wasn’t my favourite I might even root for him.

  4. I’m pretty sure that by then, not only he was a great ice skater, but also prolly knew he liked men. :-P He was cute then, and is cute now – maybe even cuter now -cute enough to seduce Mike Pence!

    In fact, I’d like to see that. Just need to get Pence without his wife watching over him. Wouldn’t that be a great moment for the country? Watch Pence go full-on George Rekers style?

  5. Screw Yuzuru. Go Get ’em Adam! Oh, and between events, and when a long day of competition comes to an end, save some energy for your allotment of 37 condoms (110,000 ordered for the athletes – most for any winter Olympics). I hope you get yours – on and off the ice. Enjoy.

  6. “… now I’m a glamazon bitch ready for the runway.” So glad he didn’t say when he was that adorable 13-year-old. But it’s perfect now.

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