The Winter Olympics will be a place of history when U.S figure skater Adam Rippon takes the ice. The 28-year-old will be the “first openly gay man” to take part in the 2018 Olympics that will be held in PyeongChang, in the Gangwon Province of South Korea.
Rippon finished in fourth-place at the U.S figure skating championships on Jan 6 but the Olympic committee still picked him to team up with fellow male skaters Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou.
“I’m really grateful that the selection committee looked at my body of work over the last two seasons,” said Rippon on Sunday.
The 28-year old was picked over Ross Miner who finished in second place at the national championship but President Sam Auxier said that the “athletes’ track records in international competition were a deciding factor.”
The last openly gay male athlete to take part in the Olympics was Robert Dover and Guenter Seidel in the 2014 Summer games. Both were equestrians.
Jonny Weir (two-time Olympic figure skater and analyst) gave his take on the nominees via Twitter.
USA Figure Skating has nominated @nathanwchen @Adaripp & @govincentzhou to the Olympic Team. I am heartbroken that Ross Miner was not named however I trust Adam will be exemplary in his preparation and inspire many with his performances at Olympics.
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) January 7, 2018