Adam Rippon fires back at critics with inspiring message about failure


"The fact that Adam backed it up with a great performance on Sunday night and America fell in love, that's the message that kid is receiving: 'I can be Adam, and I can still be loved by America, too, '" Cyd Zeigler said.

"And you know what, I think America's just catching on", he said.

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Adam Rippon performs in the figure skating team event in PyeongChang.

No conversation with Rippon is ever tiresome, and in this one he and Zhou joked with each other about their respective ages and styles. "I might get exhausted of the constant tweets if they keep up for more than a few weeks, but I'm having fun with it so far!" No way! I'm Adam Rippon! And I think maybe that's what people are kind of latching onto, that my story's different.

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Yet, even as he has daily announced his distaste for Donald Trump and Mike Pence, Rippon pleaded for Pence not to be a "distraction" for the Olympics and insisted that he didn't want his "Olympic experience to be about Mike Pence". I spent a lot of time worrying what people thought of me and soon as I was able to let go of those doubts, that's when I was able to find my voice. Prior to competition, the 28-year-old made headlines for standing up to the infamously antigay Mike Pence, an apparent proponent of the unsafe practice of conversion therapy.

"It's been pretty fun, though", said video game Rippon. "And damn dude, he can skate like insane". And a charming interview of a 13-year-old Rippon discussing his love of the sport and his dreams of making it to the Olympics is proof positive that he's right where he needs to be. He also wants to meet skating Rippon - and wear his medal for a few seconds. "When I was able to marry everything together, that's when everything fell into place".

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