Olympic figure skater pulls out of NBC gig

Kristopher Nichols
February 19, 2018

"I was recently asked in an interview what it's like to be a gay athlete in sports", the skater tweeted in December.

News broke earlier Sunday that Rippon, one of the first openly gay US athletes to compete at the Olympics, was being hired to work on TV, digital and social media for NBC for the remainder of the Games in Pyeongchang.

While the 28-year-old athlete hasn't responded just yet, he's probably just busy celebrating. "Lots of hard work, but usually done with better eyebrows".

Rippon was an alternate for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and didn't make the team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. His Olympic debut was a long time coming (and the internet freaked out when it finally happened).

And an elated Rippon reciprocated Saturday "I could feel you on the ice with me".

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Here's hoping Sam will get a date when Rippon returns home.

Greisman also spoke about how meaningful it was for him to see Rippon be openly and proudly gay at the Olympics, in front of the world. Instead, the skater says that he would rather do something to "help my community".

"You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?" The VP's staff attempted to set up a meeting between the two, but Rippon turned down the invitation.

"I have no problem talking about what I've said because I stand by it, but I think right now the Olympics are about Olympic competition and the athletes involved".

"I hate being earnest but an openly, 'non-passing, ' sassy, handsome gay 20-something daring America not to love him and becoming the sweetheart of the Olympic Games is very moving to me", he wrote.

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