10 Jaw-Droppingly Awesome and Motivational Tweets From Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon
U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon is making a name for himself both on the ice rink and on social media.
In early January, the 28-year-old became the first openly gay American man to qualify for the Winter Olympics and quickly found himself -- and his sassy, candid tweets -- in the spotlight.
“I've always spoken my mind and from the heart,” Rippon told the Associated Press. “I think America's just catching up. The other day I was joking to one of my friends and he was like, you're kind of everywhere now. I said, ‘I know, I'm like America's sweetheart.’”
His tweets have gained the attention of Vice President Mike Pence, Donald Trump Jr. and actress Reese Witherspoon, in addition to nearly a quarter-million followers. He’s posted many jokes and inspirational messages from his account even from PyeongChang, where he helped the U.S. figure skating team earn a bronze medal on Feb. 12.
“It might come off as cocky, but I've been through a lot in my life,” Rippon added. “I've used my sense of humor as a coping tool. It's gotten me through a lot of challenging times.”
Click through to see how Rippon communicates with fans -- and “haters” -- via the social platform.
He lets his personality shine through.
I was recently asked in an interview what its like to be a gay athlete in sports. I said that it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eye brows.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) December 28, 2017
He called out Vice President Mike Pence.
In an interview with USA Today Sports published Jan. 17, Rippon responded to the news that Vice President Mike Pence would be present at the PyeongChang Olympics.
He said he wouldn’t go out of his way to meet with Pence during the games, based on the widespread belief that the vice president implied support of gay conversion therapy earlier in his political career.
After Pence’s team released a statement denying his support of the practice, Rippon fired back.
I will let the VP’s words speak for themselves. You can very easily find these quotes and more online. His position and intentions are clear. pic.twitter.com/XmH0v9pqua— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) January 20, 2018
The VP has had little effect on my own life. I didn’t speak up for myself, I spoke up because it’s important to give a voice to those who feel they don’t have one.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) January 20, 2018
Pence has since tweeted at Rippon refuting the claims and showing his support for the athletes in PyeongChang.
.@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 8, 2018
And he calls out his haters.
The REAL one for I did for TV says “my mom” but, like, I needed this one for myself because it was the first thing that actually popped in my head and I thought I was so funny. pic.twitter.com/aC5X7wQ7bY— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 5, 2018
Here’s an example of him firing back at one who asked via Twitter, "So is he skating with the women?":
With your mom https://t.co/EeFKauBDLv— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) January 10, 2018
He exudes confidence.
AND TBH I HAVE A UNIFORM AND ITS MESH SO EVERYONE CAN SEE MY HOT BOD AND THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS TO MY ATHLETIC PROWESS— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) December 17, 2017
He invokes his mom frequently.
Heading into the competition tomorrow, I just want everyone to know that my mom thinks I'm the best and I really hope the judges take that into consideration.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) November 9, 2017
He’s embraced Reese Witherspoon’s adoration of him.
WHEN YOURE RIGHT, YOURE RIGHT, @RWitherspoon ??? Also!! Quick movie idea for you: You (played by you) tweet me in the middle of the night at the Olympics and I (played by me) die immediately. Thoughts? https://t.co/2p9b11QxEl— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 8, 2018
He’s even thanked Witherspoon offline in an interview, elevating the actress above his mom in a tongue-in-cheek way.
He’s extremely unfiltered.
I described myself as “a little trashy and a little fun” to the Associated Press. I bet my mom is proud. https://t.co/v1ws5aldOC— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) January 24, 2018
He spins negativity into pep talks.
To all those who tweet at me saying that they "hope I fail", I have failed many times many times in my life. But more importantly, I've learned from every setback, proudly own up to my mistakes, grown from disappointments, and now I'm a glamazon bitch ready for the runway.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 13, 2018
He stays down to Earth.
This is a shot from my shoot with @GQMagazine - I'm sitting in a Kohl's parking lot bush. With the lights from the Taco Bell next door twinkling in my eye, Ryan Pfluger has never made me feel more beautiful. pic.twitter.com/fO2568HJJJ— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 10, 2018
He expresses pride.
Tonight I walked in the #OpeningCeremony and got to watch my old friend @Yunaaaa light the Olympic flame. Representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic self makes it all so much sweeter ???????? pic.twitter.com/ZypvWkUBjD— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 9, 2018