First Openly Gay Olympians Share a Kiss, Shade VP Mike Pence


But figure skating's scoring system rewards difficulty. Sports, Rippon confirmed that he and Nagasu got matching tattoos in honor of the tough time they shared after they were both left off the Olympic team in 2014. Pence, an Olympic delegate for the U.S., has always been against gay rights and has reportedly supported gay conversion therapy.

He added on Instagram: "I feel incredibly honored to be here in Korea competing for the U.S. and I'm so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this fantastic guy!"

Pence's office contacted Adam Rippon's agent and asked to have a conversation or some kind of meeting, which the skater declined at this time so he could focus on training, competing and supporting his teammates, Kelly Rippon said. The most important thing is that you're enjoying what you're doing, that you have passion.

But the 28-year-old said he nearly vomited before heading out on the ice.

Rippon will next take the ice on Friday for the men's short program.

Rippon soon replied - and clearly couldn't contain his excitement.

I think sometimes I will come across people, and they'll spend 20-30 minutes with me.

The VP tried to ease any tension, tweeting at Rippon, "I want you to know we are FOR YOU".

'The next day was the long, and I won that. "I think that's what people are latching on to, that I'm different". "And I'd be doing myself an injustice, and I'd be doing an injustice to those kids who don't feel like they're comfortable to be themselves". Because, honestly, it's really fun to be yourself.

Being him means being outspoken.

"Skating sort of saved my life. I was really nervous, to be honest", Rippon said. "I'll be fine.' But I kept it together".

Zhou is quiet but articulate and thoughtful.

The two figure skaters had big nights while skating in the team event.

Skier Lindsey Vonn said in December that she doesn't plan to attend a White House visit with Team USA. "And tonight, the Olympics are truly magical because we came out here tonight - and we're roommates here, staying at the Olympic Village - we gave each other a hug and I said, 'Mirai, we're here!"