Adam Rippon is a 27 year-old, U.S. figure skating champion and an Olympic hopeful for 2018. Today’s “hump day hottie” is from Scranton, Pennsylvania. He sat down with Team USA to talk about being an openly gay athlete,
“Being gay isn’t what defines me, but it’s a big part of who I am and I like to talk about my coming out because that’s when I started to own who I was as a person.
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. 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.
A lot of times it’s taboo, especially with boys, like, ‘You skate, you’re gay,’ That’s not always the case, but that being said, you feel a little shame. Being gay and a skater, you don’t want it to be true.”
Johnny Weir, you’ve got company –and competition. You can follow Adam on Instagram here.