Gay Olympian Adam Rippon Reportedly Refused Meeting With Mike Pence

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Rippon's public critiques of Pence have extended past those comments he interpreted as supporting gay conversion therapy.

U.S. Olympian Adam Rippon, an openly gay figure skater, turned down a request from Vice President Mike Pence to meet, USA Today reports.

"I may have been corrected or scolded by his press secretary that they think my claims are false and have no basis in reality, but I know his track record because I didn't even know who Mike Pence was before the election", Rippon said then.

In that interview, Rippon added he would prefer not meeting the vice president during the usual meet-and-greet session between the official delegation and the Olympic athletes, which takes place just before the Olympics opening ceremony. His press secretary, Alyssa Farah, sent Brennan the following message: "The vice president is proud to lead the US delegation to the Olympics and support America's incredible athletes".

Neither Pence's office nor Rippon's agent commented on the story.

In a statement to USA Today, 's press secretary called the claim "totally false".

"I'm not trying to pick a fight with the vice president of the United States", he said.

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Both Rippon and Kenworthy said they would skip visiting the White House when President Donald Trump invites Team USA after the Olympics. "I'm not buying it". "Mike Pence doesn't stand for anything that I really believe in".

But there is no evidence that he has ever supported the controversial practice of "gay conversion" therapy which uses electric shocks as a supposed "cure" for gay people. After Farah was asked to explain what he meant in the 2000 statement, she didn't answer reporters.

For the United States, the biggest headline coming out of the pre-game news is that Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon would not meet with Mike Pence heading into the games.

Personal: Is the oldest of six children.Began skating at age 9.Has choreographed skating programs for fellow Team USA athletes Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Wagner and Christina Gao.Was born deaf and underwent corrective surgery at Yale University just before his first birthday, allowing him to hear nearly perfectly.Hobbies include running and hiking. Regardless, Rippon did not appear to be willing to make a sacrifice.

"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". 'I wouldn't go out of my way to meet somebody like that'.

On Twitter, several users supported the athlete, even politicians.

Pence will travel on to South Korea Thursday for meetings with President Moon Jae-in, where he will promote the Trump administration's campaign of "maximum pressure" against the North, as the South pursues a diplomatic opening around the Winter Olympics.