American figure skater adam rippon has qualified for the 2018 pyeongchang games, making him the first openly gay u. adam rippon, former competitive figure skater, olympic bronze medallist, and icon for the lgbtq community sat down with meryl davis to speak about his experiences at the olympics and his. Figure skater adam rippon will be one of two openly gay americans competing in the 2018 winter olympics, a first for the u. In 1992, after weir and his family watched kristi yamaguchi win a gold medal at the albertville winter olympics, his parents bought him a pair of used figure skates, which he used to teach himself to skate on a patch of ice in the cornfields near their home in quarryville. When the weather was warmer, he practiced jumps on roller skates in the basement of his familys home. Mens figure skating champion who is one of the first openly gay u. Winter olympians, was selected to his first olympic team in early january after finishing fourth. Figure skating mens champion adam rippon has qualified for a spot on the american winter olympics figure skating team. But rippon also received another honor he has become the very first openly gay man representing the united states for an olympics game in any sport. (only seven out athletes participated in the 2014 sochi games, and they were all female non-americans.). Openly gay skater eric radford wins spot on canadian olympic team radford and pairs partner meagan duhamel have medal hopes. Us skater adam rippon, the first openly gay athlete to reach the us winter olympics team, won bronze in the same event at the gangneung ice arena.