THE PI­O­NEER

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Fig­ure skater Adam Rip­pon has al­ready made his­tory: He’s the first openly gay U.S. male ath­lete to ever qual­ify for the Win­ter Olympics (Gus Ken­wor­thy came out af­ter the 2014 Olympics). “I re­mem­ber when I told my mom that I wanted to come out, [she] was a lit­tle hes­i­tant. She was say­ing, ‘Do you think that might af­fect your scores?’ And I told her, ‘I don’t care. It’s im­por­tant to me,’” says the LA res­i­dent, who, at 28, is the old­est U.S. Olympic fig­ure skat­ing rookie since 1936. “I want to show that you can be suc­cess­ful and an out ath­lete and it doesn’t mat­ter.”

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