Figure Skater Adam Rippon Wows in ''Spellbinding'' Olympic Debut, Helps Team USA Win Bronze


Figure Skater Adam Rippon Wows in ''Spellbinding'' Olympic Debut, Helps Team USA Win Bronze

Adam Rippon, 2018 Winter Olympics

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Slay, Adam, slay!

After making headlines off the ice for his big personality (including an tiff with Vice President Mike Pence), American figure skater Adam Rippon made sure to bring it where it counts—on the ice for his official Olympic debut in figure skating’s team event on Sunday night.

NBC commenter Johnny Weir referred to the skate, that left fans in a tizzy, as “spellbinding.”

The openly gay ice skater has made a lot of headlines for his outspoken ways and his social media presence ahead of the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. But the skater, dressed in a glittering ensemble, made sure to get away from the buzz around him while on the ice and bring the heat for the judges and the world to see.

Adam’s routine, as well as his teammate and friend Mirai Nagasu‘s skate (which included a history-making triple axel), helped team USA earn bronze on Sunday. Canada won gold and Olympic Athletes from Russia earned silver.

Many online were quick to praise Rippon for his artistic performance.

But it’s his interviews after the competition and his social media comments before his skate that’s also got him making fans.

“I’m so proud to be on this team,” Rippon said on the NBC broadcast. “I went out there and I did my job.”

When asked how he feels when he hit the ice at the Olympics, Adam joked to NBC, “I want to throw up, I want to go over to the judges and say ‘can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink?'”

The 28-year-old also said, “This might be my first Olympics, but it’s not my first rodeo!”

Adam has been giving his own flourish on the Games, since landing in South Korea.

On Saturday, he tweeted, “I’ve been bleaching my teeth for the past few days and now the wind that I create from just talking makes them hurt. Like, I think this is a sign that I’m officially ready for my Olympic debut.”

Looks like he was ready!

The same day, the Olympian also has some laughing when he posted a social media video about how “disappointing” the legendary condoms at the Olympic village were.

“I am not entirely sure what I was expecting. I thought maybe they’d have Olympic rings on them? I’m not like, upset—but I’m like—disappointed. But ya know? That’s all right. Sometimes life isn’t always what it seems.”

Of course, it’s possible that Vice President Pence wasn’t laughing. 

Earlier this week, reports had surfaced that the Olympic figure skater had turned down a meeting with him.

Tension began in January when Rippon, an openly gay Olympic athlete, was asked by USA Todayhow he felt about Pence leading the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea on February 9.

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it,” Rippon replied.

And in response to Rippon’s statement, Pence’s press secretary told the publication, “The vice president is proud to lead the U.S. delegation to the Olympics and support America’s incredible athletes. This accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact. Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the U.S. athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang.”

The outspoken skater told reporters after a practice session Thursday (via Reuters), “I don’t want to distract from the competition or make this too much for my competitors and my teammates.” He then added, “After the competition I‘m open to meeting him and having an open conversation, but opening ceremonies are tomorrow and I’ve been really focused.”

During his talk with USA Today last month, Rippon said, “I’m not trying to pick a fight with the vice president of the United States.” And he also stated then that he might consider meeting with Pence after the Olympics.

“If I had the chance to meet him [Pence] afterwards, after I’m finished competing, there might be a possibility to have an open conversation,” he told the publication.

Amid reports that Adam had turned down a meeting with Pence, the vice president’s chief of staff and communications director issued a statement, denying the claims.

Published at Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:16:15 +0000Kylie Jenner Steps Out for First Time Since Giving Birth to Baby Stormi

Kylie Jenner

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Kylie Jenner stepped out for the first time since giving birth to her first child.

The beautiful Keeping Up With the Kardashians star was photographed out in Los Angeles on Saturday, getting out of a Range Rover and heading into a building with her BFF Jordyn Woods. It’s been just over a week since Kylie welcomed her and boyfriend Travis Scott‘s baby girl, Stormi Webster, on February 1.

Kylie had been laying low during her pregnancy for the last nine months, so it’s been a while since we’ve seen her out in public. While out on Saturday, Kylie wore black bicycle shorts, a Prada fanny pack and a white jacket paired with sneakers.

It seems that this might be the first time Kylie has left Stormi at home since giving birth, as a source tells us she is “very attached” to her baby girl.

“Kylie is tired but getting used to the crazy hours,” the insider shares. “She is very attached to Stormi. She honestly just never wants to leave her out of her sight not because she can’t trust anyone but because she just is so happy being with her baby.”

The source adds that Kylie “likes to take the lead with her baby and Travis let’s her.”

“Travis has a lot of patience,” the insider continues. “They are cute together. You can tell Travis is learning. He loves his baby girl so much and Kylie likes seeing the connection.”

And the insider also shares that Kylie “hasn’t started working out yet” after giving birth. “She is eating healthy and taking care of herself,” the source shares. But, Kylie’s “main focus” is Stormi.

Shortly after Kylie welcomed Stormi, a source shared how the beauty mogul’s first days of motherhood have been going.

“Kylie’s first few days of motherhood have been the happiest of her life,” a source told. “She feels like being a mom is her true calling and there’s nothing that’s ever felt so right. Bringing the baby home has been the greatest joy and most sacred experience, she is elated and overjoyed. Kylie felt so ready to meet the baby and had been counting down the weeks for what felt like forever, she can’t believe she’s finally here and in her arms and this journey is beginning.”

The insider also told us that Kylie was also “very relieved” to share the baby news with her fans.

“It’s been a lot of work to keep something under wraps that she’s been so excited about,” the source said. “The fact that the news is out feels like a weight off her back.”

On February 7, Hailey Baldwinapplauded her pal Kylie for handling her pregnancy in a “mature way.”

“I’m super excited for her,” the model told E! News’ Zuri Hall at the amfAR Gala in New York City. “I think that she’s so awesome for doing this the way that she’s done it. I think it was a really mature way for her to have handled this whole thing being 20 and welcoming a child into the world is not an easy thing for anybody, so I mean she’s going to be the best mom ever.”

Published at Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:01:00 +0000