16 gay and bi olympic figure skaters when adam rippon competes at the olympics this year, it will be the first time an openly gay figure skater represents the united states in an individual event. In a sports artistry is as vital as athleticism, it is still surprising to us that rippon made the headlines this week not because of his skating abilities but as a proud gay man in his field. Pages in category lgbt figure skaters the following 39 pages are in this category, out of 39 total. American figure skater adam rippon has qualified for the 2018 pyeongchang games, making him the first openly gay u. scott hamilton (taran killam) and tara lipinski (cecily strong) cover u. Mens heterosexual figure skating, a competition to find straight figure skaters i. 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. Last week, american figure skater adam rippon made history as the first openly gay man to qualify for the 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. us olympic figure skater adam rippon turned down a meeting with vice president mike pence after criticizing him for his stance on gay rights, usa today reported wednesday. He was deemed a haunted hero and if there were other gay figure skaters on the circuit, none followed his lead and went public.