Four years ago, both Rippon and Nagasu were left off the USA figure skating team for the 2014 Sochi Games.
Imagine a professional figure skater coming onto the ice with a mic in hand, singing a cover of a wildly popular song and then immediately skating to the original version.
He goes to press conferences where microphones are put in front of his face, happy to answer any question. "I said to Mirai, 'After everything that we went through four years ago, ' I said, 'I want to have a matching tattoo with you, '" Rippon said, recalling Nagasu's agreement in a questionable yet hilarious impression of her voice.
"I don't want my Olympic experience being about Mike Pence".
Considering Pence's bad track record when it comes to LGBTQ rights, it's more than understandable that some of the athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics were less than impressed by his role as head of the U.S. delegation.
"I thought it was poor timing", she said.
"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".
His Twitter feed is so crowded with comments both pro and con that he can't get on it.
"I'm not a gay Olympian. So much fun", Rippon said to NBC's Andrea Joyce. I have a passion for what I do, and along with having a passion for being an Olympic athlete, I have a passion for talking with people and sharing my story and interacting with people. His voice wavered and he was visibly moved when he spoke of receiving letters from youngsters who felt they didn't fit in with their families or friends and looked to him for advice because he had been the outsider, the puny kid who got bullied, once upon a time. "It does help to have nice eyebrows, though".
That might explain why game designer Adam Rippon is getting messages such as "are all gays as hateful as you two?" You should respect the House for what it is and what it represents for the country... They might now want to get to know me. I said that it's exactly like being a straight athlete.