Staff Writer Jax Gay
Olympic ice skater Adam Rippon took a bronze medal for Team USA at the Winter Olympics on Monday morning after giving a spectacular debut performance.
Skating to Coldplay’s “O” and “Arrival of the Birds” by Cinematic Orchestra, Rippon was awarded a score of 172.98, giving the team an extra eight points.
Canadian skater Eric Radford took gold, followed by Russia who took silver.
Radford, who is also an out gay skater, will compete again in the pairs tournament while Rippon will perform another men’s single.
Speaking after his performance, Rippon said:
“I want to throw up. I want to go over to the judges and say, ‘Can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink? I’ll be fine.’ But I kept it together.”
People celebrated his performance online.
One person wrote: “Adam Rippon. An icon, an inspiration, an American hero .”
“i don’t know who adam rippon is but i know that i would give my life for him,” another added.
A third wrote: “You’re incredible.”
Rippon was on the winter Olympic team in 2014 but he didn’t get the chance to compete.
Speaking about working towards the 2018 games, he said that he had “worked my entire life for this moment”.
“My mom has always taught me to stand up for what I believe in, and that has given my skating a greater purpose.
“So I go out there and I’m not only representing myself, I’m representing my coaches, I’m representing my country and I’m representing my teammates. So I remember that and that’s how I stay focused,” he said.
The 28-year-old hit the headlines last week after he criticised vice president Mike Pence for his anti-LGBT record.
Rippon refused to meet with Pence, who led the US delegation for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Rippon said: “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.