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Gay US Olympian Declines to Meet with Pence During Winter Olympics

Adam Rippon refuses to meet with VP Mike Pence, and Pence shoots back with, “#FAKENEWS.”

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U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon is unhappy with the White House’s decision to have Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. delegation at the Winter Olympics.

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon said in a report by USA Today last month. “I’m not buying it.”

Rippon, who is the first openly gay athlete to win a spot on the U.S. Winter Olympics team, reportedly declined an invitation to meet with Pence leading up to this month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.

“If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick,” Rippon said to USA Today. “I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that.

Pence has taken to Twitter about this situation, calling the reports, “Fake news.”

Pence has also sent a personal tweet directly to Rippon, encouraging Rippon not to get distracted by fake news and assuring Rippon that, “We are for you.”

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Norway’s Simen Krueger Wins Gold Despite Breaking Pole and Crashing

Krueger shows us that it’s not about how you start, but how you finish.

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Olympic athletes are considered to be the elite in their sport, and their precise, calculated movements make you think that they are just about perfect. During the men’s 30 kilometer skiathlon in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Norway’s Simen Hegstad Krueger reminded us that Olympic athletes are human and make mistakes too during a devastating crash at the opening gate.

During the first 200 meters of the race, the 68 participants started in rows. Krueger slips, breaks a pole, and causes two other athletes, Russia’s Andrey Larkov and Denis Spitsov, to stumble and fall on top of him. Krueger immediately fell into last place.

“I was completely last in the group,” Krueger said in a statement. “So I had to start the race again and switch focus to catch up with the guys. When I did it, I was (saying to myself), ‘OK, take one lap, two laps, three laps and just get into it again.’ ”

Despite the horrific start, Krueger persisted, crawling up the ranks as the race went on. Krueger eventually passed the 67 other skiers and held a 22 second lead at one point.

Simen Krueger takes the lead during skiathlon

Norwegian Olympic athlete Simen Krueger takes the lead during 30km skiathlon. (Image: NBC)

“It is an indescribable feeling,” Krueger said about winning the gold medal. “It is an amazing day, but it started in the worst way with the fall after the first 100 meters and a broken pole. I was thinking this is over.”

This is Krueger’s first gold medal in his first Winter Olympics, and it goes to show that it’s not about how you start, but how you finish.

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Red Gerard Wins Team USA’s First Gold in Winter Olympics 2018

17-year-old Red Gerard wins the first gold medal for Team USA.

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Redmond “Red” Gerard wins the first gold medal for the U.S. in the Winter Olympics 2018 at Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Gerard was the only American snowboarder to advance to the finals, bouncing back from a major ranking deficit after slipping during his second run. In his final run, Gerard was able to stick the switch 1260 he had failed to land in his two previous runs.  On the last jump, Gerard managed a clean and precise triple cork 1440 on the last jump, completing four rotations with a perfect landing.

Here is the run that took the gold.

Gerard is the sixth of seven children. In a family of nine, it is not always easy to get attention, but Red’s love for dirt bikes, bicycles, and snowboards helped him stand out. However, living in Cleveland did not allow for Gerard to do a lot of snowboarding. According to his personal website, it wasn’t until a trial move to Breckenridge in the winter of 2007-08 that seven-year-old Red was able to hone his skills on a snowboard.

At 17 years old, Red Gerard is the youngest U.S. snowboarder to ever win a medal and the second youngest American to win an Olympic gold medal. Gerard has been snowboarding since he was two years old, and he even has his own trick park at this house.

Gerard’s other career highlights include champion of the 2017 FIS World Cup Slopestyle and 2017 U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Slopestyle Winner.

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Highlights From The 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

“Gangnam Style”, the shirtless Tongan flagbearer, and more.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics officially began Friday night in Pyeongchang, South Korea with the opening ceremony. This year’s Winter Olympics is the biggest in history, with 92 countries and over 2,900 athletes competing. Last night’s opening ceremonies caused a buzz on social media, with some interesting occurrences happening during the ceremonies. So here are some of the events that sparked the greatest interest.

Vice President Mike Pence Sat Near Kim Jong Un’s Sister

Pence and Kim Yo Jong were seated in close proximity to each other during the opening ceremonies. Pence was aware of his seating placement, and his aide said that he didn’t have any concerns regarding the seating arrangements. Kim Yo Jong’s appearance at the event is historical in itself, as she is the first member of the ruling dynasty of North Korea to visit South Korea since 1953. In other Pence headlines, he also didn’t stand for the Korean Olympic delegation during the ceremony.

Tongan Flagbearer Pita Taufatofua Went Shirtless- Again

After being eliminated in the first round of taekwondo during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Taufatofua decided to pick up a new sport- cross-country skiing and ended up qualifying for this year’s Winter Olympics. He, of course, carried the flag for Tonga and became a hit on the internet once again.

Team USA Walked Out To “Gangnam Style”

A few Olympic Teams were lucky enough to be able to walk out to “Gangnam Style” being played in the stadium, and Team USA was one of them. Team USA had a lot of fun with it, as it’s been a popular song ever since it’s release in 2012. Team USA also has the largest contingent of athletes, with 242 competing in the Olympics.

The Winter Olympics are going on now until February 25th and can be watched on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network and the Olympic Channel.

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