Men's figure skating has always been caught between its public image and its conservative culture. But with anti-LGBT policies haunting the Sochi Olympics, the sport's biggest stars are under more pressure than ever to set the record straight. When I ask figure skater Jeremy Abbott how athletes should respond to Russia's anti-gay laws, his eyes widen. He shrugs a little and glances over at the U. Abbott takes in a breath, glances down.
Mike Pence Tangles With Olympian Adam Rippon Over Gay Rights Record
They fit that piece of masculinity we have come to expect in sports being big and strong. Rippon became the first openly gay U. There were seven in Sochi four years ago. I'm from Indiana, where Pence was my governor while I was a college athlete.
Figure skater Amber Glenn comes out as bisexual/pansexual: ‘I don’t want to hide who I am’
Every four years, the world falls in love with a figure skater. These mite-sized dynamos, women in the shortest of skirts and dashing gentlemen with just a flash of flare, dominate the airwaves for two solid weeks, disappearing when they are done to the margins, regional events and ice shows the world over. This year, though, no single skater has managed to separate themselves from the pack. While we flirted with Russian teen Julia Lipnitskaia, we weren't quite in love.
Danny Nett. Adam Rippon, the first openly gay man to qualify for the U. Winter Olympics team, competes during the Prudential U. Adam Rippon, a year-old figure skater, will be the first openly gay man to compete for the United States in the Winter Olympics. Despite a disappointing fourth-place performance at the U.