American figure skater Adam Rippon just love Twitter, and the site loves him back.
The 28-year-old Rippon was trending on Twitter on Monday in the U.S. just minutes after a free skate in the figure skating team event at the Winter Games in South Korea on Monday morning. Twitter users were talking about Rippon’s third-place finish and they were confusingly wondering how the figure skater came in behind the Olympic athlete from Russia, Mikhail Kolyada.
Just a difference of less than a point separated them. However, the audience’s reaction in the 12,000-seat Gangneung Ice Arena showed that Rippon seems to have the more compelling skate.
Rippon told People shortly after leaving the rink,“I can’t control the score.” He said, “But to the people that were distressed — I hope maybe you can be on a judging panel someday.”
After Rippon completed, he spoke to reporters, he said that he was proud of his debut in Olympic, for both — himself and for what he contributed to America’s chances in the podium spot in the team event.
The figure skater said, “I’m really excited that I was able to kind of go out there, show who I am, skate so strong.” He added, “and more than that, I really hope I can help Team USA get a medal today.”
Writer Louis Virtel tweeted, “I hope there’s a skating judge who’s like, ‘Uh hey guys, Adam Rippon didn’t give us quads but he did give us THE TRUTH.’”
Rippon has become a social media sensation in the recent days, among both, celebrities and spectators at home. Reese Witherspoon is one of those who are amazed by his candor, drive, and wit.
He is also an advocate for the broader LGBTQ community and he has also not shied away from the role. Rippon said, “I came here to do a job.” He added, “and I think that being vocal has kind of given my skating more importance. It’s not just for me. I got out there because — it’s not just gay kids, I think that everybody can relate to being different or feeling like they’re not good enough or they’ll never make it because they’re from a small town, or maybe they just don’t feel like they’re good enough.”