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The Internet, and the World, is in Love with Out Skater Adam Rippon

Monday Feb 12, 2018

Better late than never!

EDGE has reported on figure skater Adam Rippon, who became the first openly gay athlete to represent Team U.S.A. at the Winter Games, for some time now. But after making his Olympics debut over the weekend, the rest of the Internet - and the world - has also fallen in love with the 28-year-old Olympic rookie.

Headlines Monday morning are gushing over Rippon with Time magazine calling him enchanting, Slate magazine writes he's "winning" the Olympics, NPR writes he's "wowing" audiences, and Vanity Fair dubbed him the "star" of the Winter Games.

Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson writes, "...America has a new Olympic sweetheart" after Team U.S.A. placed third in the Team Event Sunday. She adds, "...though Rippon delivered a crowd-pleasing turn, he didn't earn the highest marks of the evening. The U.S. Team placed third overall. But was Rippon fazed? He was not. Rippon exited the ice and immediately planted a kiss on a young girl whose head was the unintentional recipient of some flowers meant for him."

As Robinson and other publications point out, it's Rippon's interviews after the event that propelled him into "sweetheart status."

There was also the interview in which he said he wanted to "go over to the judges and say, 'Can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink?' I'll be fine! I kept it together."

And finally, there's the interview where he expressed his love for Reese Witherspoon, who had earlier tweeted her support for him.

After his debut where he ranked third and helped Team U.S.A. earn a bronze medal and his incredibly fun interviews, the Internet took notice of Rippon and was quick to gush over him.

Rippon has been vocal leading up to the Winter Games, having gotten into a feud of sorts with Vice President Mike Pence over his views on LGBTQ rights. He's also very popular on Twitter, with many of his tweets going viral, only endearing him more to the public.


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