Olympians On Thin Ice

Some real talent is preparing to head to South Korea for the Winter Olympics.  Openly gay skater Adam Rippon was not pleased when he learned that the head of the US delegation would be the Vice President.  “You mean Mike Pence?  The same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?”  Rippon made his thoughts on meeting Mr. Waiting in the Wings quite clear.  “If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick.”  The Vice President responded to the comment – via a spokesperson (as all men of character do).  “[Rippon’s] accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact.  Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the US athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang.”

Needless to say, Rippon will not be the only gay skater at the Olympics.  But he will have one other “openly gay” skater in the Olympic Village.  Canadian Eric Radford has qualified in the pairs competition with his partner, Meagan Duhamel (no relation, I’m sure).  Radford talked about the advantages of being a pairs skater.  “A lot of pairs end up dating one another.  It can become risky because your on-ice training can be affected by your off-ice relationship.  If you have a fight at home, it makes that training difficult.  I used to joke around that I’m the ultimate pairs-boy.  I never had to worry about developing an off-ice relationship.”  Speaking of relationships, Eric has been with his fiancé for four years and they are raising a daughter together.  Sounds to me like he’s already a winner.

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