Adam Rippon Turns Down NBC's Olympics Correspondent Offer

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The screen grab in Sam's initial tweet showed him joking with his mother over text about how he could possibly ask out Adam, who is himself also openly gay. Rippon, who has become one of the most popular names at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, is one of the first openly gay male athletes to qualify for the Olympics.

Already a bronze medalist in the team figure skating event, the 28-year-old said that even after his 10th place finish in the men's individual event, he still feels like a victor. Yes, Rippon may be done on the ice, but he's not done with the Games.

After coming close the last two cycles, the 28-year-old finally earned his first opportunity to compete in the Olympics this year following a fourth-place finish in the USA nationals.

Here's hoping Sam will get a date when Rippon returns home. Both have vowed not to visit the White House if invited.

"I am so flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent, but if I took this opportunity, I would have to leave the Olympic team and I would have to leave the (Olympic) Village", Rippon said on NBCSN.

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Pence attended the Games in Pyeongchang and tweeted at Rippon saying that "we are FOR YOU".

While there's some dispute over the reasoning, Rippon then declined to meet with Pence when the VP offered to sit down and discuss the issue.

"I personally don't have anything to say to Mike Pence", Rippon said in an interview with ABC News.

Perhaps sensing how boring it can sometimes be to argue with one's self, since Pence had not responded to any of Rippon and Kenworthy's attacks, Rippon told reporters he did not want Pence becoming the story of his Olympics.

"I hate being earnest but an openly, "non-passing", sassy, lovely gay 20-something daring America not to love him and becoming the sweetheart of the Olympic Games is very moving to me", he wrote.

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