Figure skater Adam Rippon’s first Olympic competitions are now over, and he officially wrapped it, he told People that he’s likely to celebrate his first Olympic with a “stiff drink.”
Rippon, who has become the first openly gay man to compete in the Winter Games from the USA, has become the new internet sensation in the recent weeks. Thanks to the 28-year-old’s strong showing the skating team even which received a good word of mouth on social media.
The figure skater’s exchanging messages with Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Braff, and other celebs have been noticed by the Hollywood as well.
But social media love is still secondary to the skating, and skating is the activity that gave Rippon a reason to smile and to feel proud.
He told reporters after his free skate in the men’s event on Saturday, “I came here as an athlete to show why I’m at these Olympic Games, why I was chosen for the team, why I needed to be on that team event and that’s been so important to me and that I’ve gotten to show the world who I am,”
He said, “I think I’m leaving showing the world that you can also have a big personality and be who you are in the process.”
Rippon earned bronze for America, performing to a mix of “Arrival of the Birds,” by The Cinematic Orchestra and “O,” by Coldplay.
He told the press later Saturday, “To come away from this Olympic Games to skate three clean programs in the midst of what seems like a lot going on, and a top-10 finish in the individual event and a bronze medal [in the team event], I think this is sort of like a dream Olympic Games for me.”
He said, “I think I’ve shown the world that I’m a fierce competitor.” He added, “but I think I’ve shown them that I’m also a fierce human being.”