TEAM USA: Who is Adam Rippon?

TEAM USA: Who is Adam Rippon?

TEAM USA: Who is Adam Rippon?

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US figure skater Adam Rippon trains in Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics, February 8.

Pence is set to meet with President Moon Jae-in to advocate a clear-eyed approach toward his bellicose, nuclear-armed neighbor. He is one of the first openly gay US Winter Olympians, USA Today noted.

"The vice president is proud to lead the USA delegation to the Olympics and support America's incredible athletes", press secretary Alyssa Farah said at the time. When the issue was raised during the vice presidential campaign, Pence's then-press secretary, Mark Lotter, denied it outright.

Rippon was the first openly gay USA athlete to be named to a Winter Olympic team and has spoken out against Pence's and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE's views on LGBTQ issues.

"You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?" the 28-year-old said.

"After the competition I'm open to meeting him and having an open conversation, but opening ceremonies are tomorrow and I've been really focused", Rippon, who is taking part in his first Olympics, added.

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American figure skater Adam Rippon says he doesn't want his team to be distracted by his animosity toward Mike Pence over the USA vice president's conservative stance on gay rights. In a 2000 statement, Pence said: "Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behaviour".

But there is no evidence that he has ever supported the controversial practice of "gay conversion" therapy which uses electric shocks as a supposed "cure" for gay people.

Voting records show Pence voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman in 2006.

But Rippon gave him the cold shoulder, instead tweeting out a series of quotes he attributed to Pence opposing gay marriage and opposing extending anti-discrimination laws to LGBT people. He opposed same-sex marriage and argued federal dollars should stop going to Aids/HIV groups.

'If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren't a friend of a gay person but that they think they're sick, ' he said.

The United States had not requested talks with North Korea, but Pence left open the possibility of some contact although his message for denuclearisation remained unchanged.

"I personally have nothing to say to Mike Pence", Rippon wrote in January.

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