Out figure skater Adam Rippon might be headed to the 2018 Winter Olympics, but he has already won over our hearts—because he is all about cashing those checks.
After he recently placed second at the 2017 Skate America event in Lake Place, New York, NBC Sports asked Rippon what message he wanted to send to the Olympics selection committee.
“I’m not going to let anything stand in my way of getting to the Olympics, being on that Olympics team and helping Team USA get a medal,” he answered.
Nothing will get in his way, not even a dislocated shoulder, which was the reason he couldn’t perform his trademark Rippon Lutz at Skate America.
“A few months ago I dislocated my shoulder and that’s why I haven’t been able to do my Rippon Lutz—which is a lutz with two arms above my head,” he explained.
“On the first quad attempt I dislocated it again, I looked to my coach, Rafael, and I shimmied it back into place, and I said: “You know what? I want my money. I want my check. I’m going to finish this program and I’m going to be awesome, and that’s what I did.”
You tell ’em! Grab that coin!
Maybe Rippon learned how to keep his eyes on the prize after watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, since judging from his Instagram he is a fan of another drag queen figure skater: Milk.
Rippon, came out publicly two years ago, but knew he was gay the first time he locked lips with another boy: “The first time I kissed a boy, I’m like, ‘I definitely am gay.’”
“When I came out was when I was able to breathe. When everyone knew, I didn’t feel like I was hiding anything. I didn’t feel like I was putting on a show,” he said in an interview with Team USA. “I was being me and it was easy. It was a lot easier to be me than to be who I thought I was supposed to be.”