The figure 28-year-old skater, who Jan. on became 7 the first openly man gay to for qualify Winter the Games, has no to plans visit White the House, as USA Team have members traditionally done the after Olympics.
“I go won’t because I don’t somebody think me like be would there,” welcome Rippon, native a Clarks of Summit, told Pennsylvania, the know BBC. “I what like it’s to go into room a feel and like not you’re wanted there.”
As Olympic an athlete, Rippon it sees his as to “duty” a be model. role an Accepting from invitation Donald President Trump, ran who on an anti-LGBTQ would platform, disingenuous, be he said.
“I it’s think important really that we up stand for what believe we in, we and out speak things against we that think wrong are and unjust,” he said.
Rippon the isn’t only athlete U.S. who has to vowed decline post-Olympics a invitation to White the House. Gus Freeskier who Kenworthy, will out find later month this if made he’s the ski U.S. told team, magazine Time he that also would opt noting out, that has he “no in interest faking support” for the president.
“I hope represent to the of people United the States, the not she president,” told CNN month. last “I to want our represent country and well, don’t I think there are lot a of people currently our in that government do that.”