Figure skater Adam Rippon says it’s ‘weird’ to be the first openly gay athlete at the Winter Olympics

Adam Rippon discusses being the first openly gay Winter Olympic athlete.

Adam Rippon discusses being the first openly gay Winter Olympic athlete. Tyler Oakley/YouTuber

Adam Rippon, a figure skater, will be representing the United States at Pyeongchang 2018. The 28-year-old recently talked to YouTuber Tyler Oakley about being the first openly gay athlete to compete for the US in the Winter Olympics. Rippon said as proud as he is of the title, he also finds it a little weird. "It’s 2018. It’s so hard to think that I’m the first openly gay winter athlete." Rippon said it’s important for him to be "open and share" who he is, because it gives kids someone to look up to. Rippon also spoke to Oakley about the stereotypes associated with male figure skating and sexuality. "It’s such an eye roll. Like ‘Of course you’re gay — you’re a figure skater.’ Not everybody is gay in figure skating. Maybe I wouldn’t be f—— single." Watch the full interview below.

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