Rippon Responds on Social Media to Haters Hoping He'll Fail

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USA figure skater Adam Rippon may have criticized Vice President Mike Pence over his stance on LGBT issues, but he has also said he doesn't want that to be the focus of his time at the Winter Olympics.

When Adam Rippon was faced with tweets from his haters on Tuesday (Feb. 13), he made a decision to defend himself in the one surefire way that he knew how - channeling the energy of drag queens.

A brief perusal of Rippon's Twitter page show GIFs of him shoulder-dancing in a sparkly unitard (#FridayMood, ) pics of him posed saucily in a shower, naked from the waist down, and a couple of selfies with renowned drag queens who he credits as his inspiration, in part. "I figure skate! Wow we're both so different lol!' kind of chat", he said.

"It's been pretty fun.I love what he stands for, I LOVE that he's getting in fights with Mike Pence", said Rippon. "We did it, '" the Clarks Summit native told NBC Sports" Mike Tirico on Monday (Sunday night in Pennsylvania).

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And the "America's sweetheart" label?

"Right now I have a voice, and I think it's really important for me to use it".

At a press conference earlier in the week, Rippon said he had always spoken his mind and from the heart, the Washington Post reported. On the final day, strong performances from Adam Rippon, brother-sister duo Maia and Alex Shibutani, and women's free skater Mirai Nagasu were enough to stave off a competitive Italian team. "So I remember that and that's how I stay focused".

In a "I don't know her" moment that would make Mariah Carey proud, Rippon brushed away the ongoing drama with Vice President Mike Pence, saying, "I don't want my Olympic experience to be about Mike Pence". I know what its like to be a young kid, and feel out of place and to what to share your ideas and feel like people might not like them. I said that it's exactly like being a straight athlete. It has nothing to do with how I got here. "I'm here at the Olympics". And as soon as I was able to let go of those doubts, that's really when I was able to find my voice. If you ever have the option, come to the Olympics, it's, like, a fun time. I've gotten so many messages I could even get emotional thinking about it, but I've gotten so many messages from young kids all over the country that my story's resonated with them.

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