Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Olympic BFFs Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagas Have the Cutest Matching Tattoos

Olympic BFFs Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagas Have the Cutest Matching Tattoos

Figure skater Adam Rippon harbored dreams of Olympic glory long before his dazzling games debut this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

In the wake of great athletes like Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon - and, since we taped, Chloe Kim - also making such a splash with their appeal and press-friendliness, Sam talks about how athletes go out of their way, or don't, to make themselves available to reporters. Twitter users were talking about Rippon's third-place finish and they were confusingly wondering how the figure skater came in behind the Olympic athlete from Russia, Mikhail Kolyada.

Imagine a professional figure skater coming onto the ice with a mic in hand, singing a cover of a wildly popular song and then immediately skating to the original version.

His spat with Pence — Rippon said he had no interest in meeting the vice president when he visited the Olympics because of his record on gay rights — was a big story. "I'm very lucky because legislation that he's pushed hasn't affected my life at all".

As for his performance in the teams' event Rippon told Good Morning America: "I thought I was gonna throw up, but I kept it together".

Earlier this week, Rippon, self-proclaimed "America's sweetheart", spoke to NBC about how their shared 2014 letdown solidified his friendship with Nagasu. I've always spoken my mind and from the heart. "You have shown to all just what a complete I.D.I.O.T you are!" wrote Grumpygrampa22. The other day I was joking to one of my friends, and he was like 'you're kind of everywhere.' And I was like 'I know. Because I think what you think of as like the American people embracing, I don't think, on paper, I really embody much of any of that sort of perceived persona.

I think it's so important that as an athlete, I use this platform to my advantage. So I go out there and I'm not only representing myself - I'm representing my coaches, I'm representing my country, I'm representing my teammates.

Speaking to the New York Times, the 28-year-old skater, who nabbed the bronze medal Monday following his men's free program in the team competition, revealed his diet consisted mostly of three slices of whole grain bread and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spread just two short years ago. Honestly it's really fun to be yourself.

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