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Gus Kenworthy Talks Bond with Adam Rippon: We'll Be 'Friends for Life' (but We Aren't Dating)

Gus Kenworthy Talks Bond with Adam Rippon: We'll Be 'Friends for Life' (but We Aren't Dating)

Entertainment
It’s the friendship that launched a thousand retweets … and at least a few mistaken assumptions about romance. Skier Gus Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon have stirred social media buzz throughout the 2018 Winter Olympics, not just for being the only two openly gay men on Team USA but also because they’ve been more than willing to document their time together on Instagram and Twitter. Kenworthy, 26, sat down with PEOPLE this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea, not long after a disappointing showing in the men’s slopestyle event, where he won an Olympic silver medal four years ago. Among other topics he talked about his friendship with the 28-year-old Rippon, how they met and how they’ll probably be stuck together for good. (The night of the interview, their families were planning to ge
Figure Skater Adam Rippon Will Be an NBC Correspondent for the Remainder of the Winter Olympics

Figure Skater Adam Rippon Will Be an NBC Correspondent for the Remainder of the Winter Olympics

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After winning the hearts of Americans on the ice — and on Twitter — Adam Rippon will be staying in PyeongChang, South Korea, as a contributor for NBC for the remainder of the 2018 Winter Olympics. NBC spokesman Greg Hughes told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday that the 28-year-old figure skater, who helped the USA bring home a bronze medal in the team competition, will work on a variety of platforms, including television, digital and social media. Rippon has become something of a social media sensation, both among spectators at home and celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Sally Field, who are charmed by his drive, wit and candor. Already a history-maker for being the first openly gay athlete to compete for America in the Winter Olympics, Rippon has not shied away from the role fame gives him 
The Ultimate Wing-Woman! Sally Field Is Pushing Her Son to Date Adam Rippon

The Ultimate Wing-Woman! Sally Field Is Pushing Her Son to Date Adam Rippon

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Sally Field is trying to create a love connection between her son and Adam Rippon. On Friday night, Field’s son Sam Greisman, 30, revealed on social media that not only did he have a crush on an Olympic athlete, but also that his mom had offered him “some really helpful advice” on how to take things to the next level. Sharing a text message conversation with his 71-year-old mother, Greisman was careful to blur out any text that might identify who the athlete was, leaving only Field’s response. “Sam…he’s insanely pretty. Find a way,” she wrote. Just some really helpful advice from my mom on how to deal with my Olympic crush. pic.twitter.com/shYCXwNOMf — sam greisman (@SAMGREIS) February 17, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js But just hours later, the actress decided she would tak
No, Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon Does Not Wear Butt Pads: 'It Is All Natural'

No, Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon Does Not Wear Butt Pads: 'It Is All Natural'

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Rest assured: Adam Rippon‘s butt is 100 percent real. The figure skater, 28, is currently competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and his perfectly round posterior is lighting up Twitter with people wondering if Rippon enhances his shape with butt pads. But luckily, he cleared the air on that back in December. “There’s been a lot questions to whether I compete with butt pads on and I’d like to set the record straight and let it be known that no, it’s just my real butt. Thank you for your interest, comments, and concern. Love you,” Rippon tweeted on Dec. 9. Keep Following PEOPLE’s Complete Coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics He elaborated further on this important issue during an interview with Access Hollywood ahead of the games. “It is all natural, yes,” Rippon
Gus Kenworthy Cheers on Fellow Gay Olympian Adam Rippon During Figure Skating: 'So Proud of You'

Gus Kenworthy Cheers on Fellow Gay Olympian Adam Rippon During Figure Skating: 'So Proud of You'

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As figure skater Adam Rippon took the ice for his free skate portion of the men’s event at the 2018 Winter Olympics, he was cheered on by friend and fellow out gay athlete Gus Kenworthy. “It was so nice that they came to the event and I’ll be cheering for Gus tomorrow,” Rippon told reporters afterward. “But to have the support of my friends and family here in the audience, it means the world to me.” The 28-year-old was seen giving a wave to Kenworthy, 26, who according to his Instagram was sitting with his boyfriend, Matt Wilkas, and another friend in the stands at the ice arena. The freestyle skier will compete on Sunday in men’s slopestyle, having earned a silver in that same event four years ago. From the stands during figure skating, Kenworthy’s group held up a rainbow flag for Rippon
Skater Adam Rippon Exults After a Bronze-Medal-Worthy Olympic Turn: 'My Life Has Changed Forever'

Skater Adam Rippon Exults After a Bronze-Medal-Worthy Olympic Turn: 'My Life Has Changed Forever'

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Figure skater Adam Rippon has officially wrapped his first Olympic competitions — and he tells PEOPLE he’s likely to celebrate with a “stiff drink.” The 28-year-old, who made history as the first openly gay man to compete for America in the Winter Games, has become the toast of Twitter in recent weeks, as much thanks to his strong showing in the skating team event as for his quick-tongued social media presence. Hollywood, too, has taken notice, with Rippon exchanging messages with the likes of Zach Braff, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and other stars. But all of that — the personality-driven spotlight, the plaudits from celebrities, the thousands and thousands of retweets — is secondary to the skating, and it’s his skating that gave Rippon reason to smile. “I came here as an athlete, I c
Before Adam Rippon, there was Rudy Galindo

Before Adam Rippon, there was Rudy Galindo

Politics
As the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games progress, one face is arguably stealing more attention than many others: 28-year-old Adam Rippon, one of the first openly gay athletes to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics. Rippon’s star has received a significant amount of positive media coverage, a dramatic shift from the treatment queer athletes have traditionally faced. But Rippon’s fame (and freedom) is largely thanks to the work of other queer athletes before him — like Rudy Galindo, the most decorated Latinx figure skater in the United States. A California native, Galindo grew up skating, with his family foregoing luxuries like home-buying in order to fund their son’s passion. “My dad gave everything, his whole paycheck, so my sister and I could ha
Adam Rippon 'So Happy' With Another Trending Olympic Performance: 'Haters Are Just Fans in Denial'

Adam Rippon 'So Happy' With Another Trending Olympic Performance: 'Haters Are Just Fans in Denial'

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Relief: That’s what Adam Rippon said he was feeling after he finished his second of three skates at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, on Friday afternoon (Thursday night stateside). Having already helped Team USA win bronze in the team figure skating event, Rippon’s short program in the men’s individual competition briefly put him at the top of the group, with a total score of 87.95, before he was bumped down to third by Dmitri Aliev (an Olympic athlete from Russia) and Canada’s Patrick Chan. However, speaking to reporters after leaving the rink, and with his ultimate placement still undecided as the other men continued to skate, Rippon said he was “so happy with what I was able to do” — delivering a skate, set to “Let Me Think About It,” that immediately got social media
Mindy Kaling and More Celebs Knock Donald Trump Jr. for Going After Adam Rippon on Twitter

Mindy Kaling and More Celebs Knock Donald Trump Jr. for Going After Adam Rippon on Twitter

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Twitter’s new favorite person, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, found himself in a situation on Wednesday that played out as so many Twitter spats have before: Get criticized, get defended, joke around after with your friends. Except this time the criticism was coming from the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. — who issued the snarky tweet just two days after his wife was hospitalized for opening an envelope containing a suspicious white powder. And the jokes? They were coming from Hollywood’s Josh Charles and Mindy Kaling, among others. (Reese Witherspoon has already made her feelings about Rippon known.) The Twitter thread started Wednesday morning with a post from actor Ike Barinholtz, who was responding to Trump Jr., who himself was responding to a quote from Rippon that the s
Watch a 13-year-old Adam Rippon describe his Olympic dreams

Watch a 13-year-old Adam Rippon describe his Olympic dreams

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CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. – Olympic figure skating star Adam Rippon has been the talk of his Pennsylvania hometown following his debut performance in the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea. His performance Monday helped secure a bronze medal for the U.S. in the figure skating team competition but as an old television report shows, his Olympic success is a long time coming. WNEP’s Jim Coles profiled the young skater in 2003 following his first competition abroad. Rippon still has a shot at Olympic gold. He’s set to compete Friday in the men’s single short program.