Adam Rippon shares adorable throwback photos to his childhood

Adam Rippon in bed

Retired Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon just shared the most adorable throwback photo to his childhood.

The 2018 Winter Olympic bronze medal winner took to Instagram to share the cute pic.

‘This is camp,’ he wrote in the caption — a reference to this year’s Met Gala theme.

 

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Actress Sophia Bush responded: ‘Here for it!’

While Today Show anchor Natalie Morales commented: ‘Adorable!! You owned it.’

He followed up this post with a photo of his mother on the day of his birth.

‘Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, [Kelly Rippon],’ he wrote. ‘This is us on my first day and she’s been the best mom I could have asked for. I love you.’

 

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Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness replied: ‘Omg you look alike honey!’

Adam Rippon on life after retirement

Adam Rippon announced his retirement from professional figure skating via an emotional letter in November last year.

The 29-year-old became a household name in the US for his defiant stance against Vice President Mike Pence during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

In an emotional letter posted on CBS’ Note to Self series, Rippon wrote to his younger self.

The figure skater told his younger self to be proud of his efforts.

‘You are going through a really tough time right now. You’ve just missed qualifying for the Olympic team for the second time in a row. You feel confused and you feel like a failure. It might not make sense right now, but this is truly one of the most important moments in your life,’ he wrote.

He now hosts his own YouTube channel, with regular celebrity guests.

Rippon exclusively told Gay Star News last month: ‘It’s so important to speak up, because I think we know by now this White House administration won’t say anything.’

He believes this applies to both domestic and international matters.

‘They won’t condemn white supremacy that’s here at home, of course they’re not going to focus on world LGBTQ issues,’ he continues about the Trump-Pence administration.

‘It’s up to us to spread the word, to speak up and be vocal. We need to make it clear to the people of Chechnya and Brunei that, “We hear you, we’re doing what we can to spread the word so action is taken”,’ he said.

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Adam Rippon on the ‘Scary’ Need for the Equality Act: WATCH

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon appears in a new video for the Human Rights Campaign pushing for passage of the Equality Act.

Says Rippon in the clip: “I live in Los Angeles, California now, but if I packed up my clothes and threw them in my car and drove all the way back to Scranton, Pennsylvania, I would travel through so many states and every state I would travel to, my rights and my protections would change, and that’s scary. When I think about the other LGBTQ+ people that live in those states, if there’s a fear that you can be discriminated against, and that it’s okay, that must be a big thing to live with every single day. It’s important we don’t forget them.”

Adds Rippon: “The message that this legislation really sends to young LGBTQ+ people is that your identity should never be something that you feel is gonna hold you back.”

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‘The White House won’t say anything’: Adam Rippon uses his voice to take a stance

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Figure Skater Adam Rippon has not only dazzled people on the ice, but off it as well. Since springing to national fame during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018, Rippon has made his voice known as an LGBTI activist and icon.

This Saturday (27 April), the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will present Rippon with the Trailblazer Award at the 41st Season Crescendo Gala at the Fairmont San Francisco.

GSN spoke to Rippon ahead of receiving his award about being a role model and experiencing the Olympics with fellow out athlete Gus Kenworthy.

What feels right

Rippon takes a moment to consider receiving the award.

‘It feels,’ he pauses. ‘Right.’

He grew up performing in choir, but also as a ‘really young kid who felt so embarrassed’. To now be receiving an award for helping other LGBTI people feel comfortable in their own skin, he says, feels full circle.

‘The things I’m able to do, the people I get to speak with — it’s the people who’ve come before me who did so much work for other LGBTQ people to have more rights, to live their truest lives, that I’m able to have successes because of them,’ he goes on to explain.

‘Now I feel a responsibility to be able to do the same thing for others. Not just people who look like me, but for everyone. I think it’s important to speak for our trans brothers and sisters, who don’t feel comfortable using the bathroom, or who can’t serve in the military.

‘I think it’s important to speak up for all people, just like those who spoke up for people like me in the past.’

To Chechnya and Brunei: ‘We hear you’

As his career progresses, Rippon says he finds it more fulfilling to support and motivate others. He does this on the ice by training younger skaters, as well as off the ice when he discusses LGBTI activism.

‘It’s so important to speak up, because I think we know by now this White House administration won’t say anything,’ Rippon states matter-of-factly.

He believes this applies to both domestic and international matters.

‘They won’t condemn white supremacy that’s here at home, of course they’re not going to focus on world LGBTQ issues,’ he continues about the Trump-Pence administration.

‘It’s up to us to spread the word, to speak up and be vocal. We need to make it clear to the people of Chechnya and Brunei that, “We hear you, we’re doing what we can to spread the word so action is taken.”‘

Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon at the Closing Ceremonies.

The pair at the Closing Ceremonies | Photo: Twitter @guskenworthy

Talking politics with Gus

America became aware of Rippon in a big way last winter in PyeongChang, when he swept into everyone’s hearts like an outspoken hurricane on ice.

He and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy were the first two openly gay male winter Olympians from the US.

‘The first time Gus and I met was at the Opening Ceremony,’ Rippon recalls. ‘We were chatting and I felt like I was talking to an old friend. Gus looked at me and just said, “You want to walk in together?” And I thought, “Yeah, I do.”

‘We got to walk in together and I thought of how big of a moment this was – I remember being young and thinking that being gay is something I’ll never tell anybody. It’s gonna be my secret forever. To go from there to walking as an out gay person at the Olympic games with someone else who was also out and openly gay, it was surreal.’

They won people over not only with their athleticism, but their vocal politics. Some, however, didn’t love that and muttered the close-minded idea that ‘athletes should stick to sports’.

Rippon has a simple message for those people: ‘To the people who say “stick to your job,” well, what is your job? As an athlete or a public figure, or anyone who has a platform, if you want, you can take on the responsibility and be a voice for a lot of people. For me personally, I felt like I had to say something. I knew people were watching me, I knew people were listening, that’s why I felt like it was important.

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On the ice | Photo: Twitter @Adaripp

Be authentic

Looking forward, Rippon wants to see more authenticity — everywhere.

In figure skating, he reminds GSN, ‘you only have a few minutes to prove and show who you are’.

‘If you aren’t able to do that authentically, you’re not doing that to the best of your abilities. The best of your abilities is how well you know yourself,’ he says. ‘If you are being truly authentic, you will be heard and seen. That’s why it was so important for me to be out at the Olympics, especially later in my career. I felt like I only had something to gain.’

That’s also why it’s LGBTI youth across the world who inspire him.

‘I remember when I was young and I would have never had the courage to speak my truth. That’s what inspires me – the young kids of today, because they’re going to change the world and we can learn from them.’

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