Adam Rippon has made a name for himself in figure skating. The first openly gay聽skater not only made Coldplay cool to a new generation of people after using their song during his performance in the team skate program, but he has been making waves since back in January after he聽told the聽BBC that if he won a medal at the Olympics, he would not accept any invitation from the White House to celebrate.

With Team USA Figure Skating taking home the bronze medal for team skate, Rippon will most certainly be invited to celebrate with President Trump and the rest of the team, but Rippon will be absent,聽instead using his time to 鈥渄o something positive,鈥 he says.

According to a report inUSA Today聽last month,聽the verbal back and forth began when Rippon was asked about VP Mike Pence鈥檚 selection as ceremonial leader of Team USA during the Olympics. Rippon replied, 鈥淵ou mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I鈥檓 not buying it.鈥

While the VP鈥檚 press secretary tried to do some damage control, even聽reportedly offering to speak directly to the figure skater, Rippon refused, saying he wanted to wait until after his competition was done so as to not upset his winning mindset.

With the 28-year-old鈥檚 win alongside his entire figure skating team over the weekend, a White House meet and greet is definitely something more likely to happen, but Rippon told the UK鈥檚聽Daily Mail that he鈥檇 rather be productive with his time.

鈥淚 have no desire to go to the White House. But I would like to do something to help my [LGBTQ+] community,鈥 he said, adding, 鈥淚 have kind of spoken out a lot and I鈥檇 I like to do something positive and not just stay at home.鈥 As for what that is and how he鈥檒l do it, that remains to be seen, but Rippon鈥檚 outspoken nature will surely land him something great.

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