Add another chapter in the Adam Rippon-Mike Pence saga.
Rippon, who won an Olympic bronze medal in the figure skating team event, had previously spoken out on Twitter against the Vice President after Pence was tapped to lead the U.S. delegation at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
In an interview with USA Today, Rippon said “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.”
The American had also turned down a phone call with Pence leading up to PyeongChang, which his office staunchly denied.
But on Friday, Rippon, who is openly gay, stated that with the competition now over, he was willing to talk with the Vice President.
“I feel that Mike Pence doesn’t stand for anything that I was taught when I grew up, and I think that it’s important if you’re given the platform to speak up for those who don’t have a voice,” Rippon said in an interview with NBC
Rippon won a bronze in the team event and finished 10th in the men’s event. Fellow Americans Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou finished fifth and sixth respectively.
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