Adam Rippon is a 28-year-old figure skater from Pennsylvania who was the US national champion in 2016.
“Being gay isn’t what defines me,” he once told GayStarNews, “but it’s a big part of who I am and I like to talk about my coming out because that’s when I started to own who I was as a person.”“That’s what’s important, not the being gay part but at some point — gay or straight — you need to own who you are. You can’t be afraid of who you are or else you’re afraid of your own potential, and if you don’t own who you are then you can’t grow.”
“A few weeks ago, I was asked in an interview … what was it like being a gay athlete in sports,” he said.“And I said it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Only with better eyebrows.”
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