Adam Rippon made name for himself in Korea

Figure skater Adam Rippon gives LGBTQ community athlete they can relate to

Rippon, who won the Bronze medal last week, particularly found an admirer in Sam Greisman, son of the actress Sally Field. The network offered the skater a job as a correspondent on its television, digital and social media platforms for the remainder of its Winter Olympics coverage in Pyeongchang.

After initially agreeing to the gig, Rippon later decided not to join on with NBC because it would mean having to leave the Olympic village.

All I know is that I can understand why NBC would want Rippon as a correspondent. "I'm not buying it", Rippon said to USA Today. My teammates were there for me during my events, and now I NEED to be there for them.

"I spoke out because there are people out there whose lives have been affected by change that he's tried to make", Rippon said.

Rippon, the first openly gay athlete to qualify for the Winter Olympics, has garnered the attention of thousands via his candid and colorful interviews.

Rippon accused the VP of advocating for the funding of gay conversion therapy, based on a vague reference on Pence's website, which did not specifically mention conversion therapy.

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Pictured: Rippon competes during the Men's Single Free Program on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

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.

He posted a score of 259.36 after the free skate Friday night (Saturday morning in Pyeongchang), finishing 10th place in a loaded field that featured all three medalists from 2014.

The 2018 Winter Olympics is now taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea between 9-25 February.

The upbeat and outspoken Rippon first garnered attention last month when he criticized Vice President Mike Pence for having signed into law, while governor of IN, a measure many felt legalized discrimination against LGBT individuals. "I spoke out for them because right now I have a voice, and I think it's really important for me to use it".

"Finally, at 20, long after he beat his brothers at tennis and computer games and knew as much as anyone about basketball, Sam was able to stand up proudly and say, 'I am a gay man'".

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