Skating Sensation Adam Ripponwins Bronze For Team USA

Skating sensation Adam Rippon put himself on a collision course with the White House on Monday after declaring he will snub President Trump’s White House party for Team USA.

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.

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.’

He added: ‘No. I have no desire to go to the White House. But I would like to do something to help my community.’

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

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

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon’s performance an outstanding Olympic debut, full of poise and panache

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon has become an important advocate for LGBTQ rights, first revealing his displeasure that Vice President Pence would be coming to Pyeongchang then rebuffing an offer from him

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon became the first openly gay athlete to take part in the Winter Olympics for Team USA

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon was the men’s free skate representative in Sunday’s team competition

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

The American team currently stands in third place in the team competition, behind Canada and the Olympic Athletes from Russia

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon has endeared himself to fans for his sense of humor and voice for LGBTQ rights. He’s clashed with Vice President Mike Pence on several occasions

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Since coming out with his sexuality in 2015 Rippon has become an LGBTQ campaigner

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon’s performance saw him trending on Twitter with fans gushing over his performance

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon’s status as a gay icon that has earned him some of his most devoted followers

‘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.

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.

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon became the first openly gay American to qualify for the Winter Olympics

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Not everyone online was happy about Rippon using his performance to attack the White House

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon was competing in the Men Single Free Skating of the Figure Skating Team Event

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Skating sensation Adam Rippon became the worldwide number one trend on Twitter after making his Olympic debut and helping Team USA to a bronze medal

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

The campaigner for gay rights snubbed US Vice President Mike Pence here in anger at his reported stance on homosexual conversion therapy put himself on collision course

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.

The other US members were Mirai Nagasu and brother and sister couple Alex and Maia Shibitani.

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.

‘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 teammates ).

Rippon marveled the crowd on the ice, earning a 172.98, and he finished third in his category.

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Traditionally the President invites Olympians to a reception in Washington with former President Obama twice inviting both summer and winter athletes

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon reacts after completing his routine in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Adam Rippon reacts with teammates as he receives his score following his performance

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

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

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.

In preparation for South Korea, he revealed: ‘I packed every healing crystal I could.’

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.

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon performed his routine to ‘Arrival of the Birds/Exodus’ by The Cinematic Orchestra and ‘O’ by Coldplay

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon marveled the crowd on the ice, earning a 172.98, and he finished third in his category

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

His performance helped Team USA win the bronze medal. Canada won gold, and the Olympic Athletes from Russia won silver

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

At 28 years old, Rippon is the oldest rookie on the U.S. men’s figure skating team

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon exudes confidence and he backed it up on the world stage on Sunday night

Her parents emigrated to the 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.

The third successive team was the Shibutanis who trained for 50 hours a week in Canton, Michigan.

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.

Canada took team gold and the Russians secured silver.

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon will return on Friday and Saturday, already a bronze medalist to compete in the Men’s Single Skating event

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon also criticized Pence for his support of President Donald Trump, adding that he would not meet Pence if given the chance

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

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

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

Rippon is eager to celebrate what his participation in the PyeongChang Olympics means in the context of gay rights and history

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

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

Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon

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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