Adam Rippon has stolen all our hearts at this year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. The openly gay figure skater has become an American sweetheart and the golden boy of the winter games. Whether he’s turning the other cheek to Mike Pence or dedicating his medals to Reese Witherspoon, we can’t help but be charmed by the Olympian.
WHEN YOURE RIGHT, YOURE RIGHT, @RWitherspoon ❤️❤️❤️ Also!! Quick movie idea for you: You (played by you) tweet me in the middle of the night at the Olympics and I (played by me) die immediately. Thoughts? https://t.co/2p9b11QxEl
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 8, 2018
But let’s not forget about our other favorite Olympic personality. No, I’m not talking about Johnny Weir’s sequin jackets. Leslie Jones of Saturday Night Live fame has become an Olympic super fan, having taken her love of the event all the way to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics with some hilarious live tweeting.
This weekend, the two sweethearts of the Olympics met in an NBC commentary for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s figure skating routine. Not only are they the best onscreen duo since Regis and Kathy Lee, but they succeeded in making sports actually compelling to a gay audience. Granted, it is figure skating, which is about as gay of a sport you can watch.
“Are they getting in trouble for how sexy they are?”@lesdoggg and @adaripp commentating on @tessavirtue and @scottmoir‘s short dance is everything we could have ever wanted. AND MORE. #WinterOlympics https://t.co/fmMl0C4Amf pic.twitter.com/ykkNvv7L5p
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 20, 2018
Although we’re on the edge of our seats for more of this duo, this appears to be only a one-time thing. Rippon was offered a correspondent gig with the network for the rest of this year’s Olympics. But he unfortunately turned it down as it would have cut his time at the Olympic village short, and he wanted to stick around to support his teammates who showed him support during his events.
We can’t blame him. Having an openly gay Olympian on Team USA is certainly something to take pride in.
I love being on Team USA and representing our country. My teammates were there for me during my events, and now I NEED to be there for them. I look forward to being with them, and I’m very excited for the rest of the competition. Go Team USA!!!
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 19, 2018