Adam Rippon on Why He Won’t Visit White House: ‘I Will Not Stand With People Who Discriminate’

Adam Rippon won’t be visiting the White House on Friday with the 2018 U.S. Winter Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

“Olympians from the 2018 Games have been invited to go to the White House today. I will not be going,” the figure skater tweeted Friday morning. “I will not stand with people who discriminate against those that they perceive as different. In lieu of going to DC, I have donated to a few of my favorite causes.”

The figure skater said that he donated to GLAAD, Planned Parenthood and the Red Cross in lieu of the visit to President Trump’s residence. He encouraged others to give if they could, adding “when we’re able to help each other out and do what we can to lift each other up, that’s when we’re truly making America great.”

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Olympians from the 2018 Games have been invited to go to the White House today. I will not be going. I will not stand with people who discriminate against those that they perceive as different. In lieu of going to DC, I have donated to a few of my favorite causes ????????‍ https://t.co/qDXqswTHdF

— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) April 27, 2018

Skiers Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Gus Kenworthy, and flag bearer Erin Hamlin will also not make the trip to D.C.

Pyeongchang bronze medalist Vonn previously told CNN that at the Olympics, she hoped to “represent the people of the United States, not the president.”

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“I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that,” she said. And when asked if she would visit the White House after the games, she added, “Absolutely not.”

Gold medalist Shiffrin has also spoken out against Trump in the past.

“All US Olympians and Paralympians are invited to visit the White House and meet the President after the Games,” Kenworthy tweeted on Thursday. “Today is this year’s visit and USOC spokesperson says he’s never seen so many athletes turn down their invites. The resistance is real.”

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All US Olympians and Paralympians are invited to visit the White House and meet the President after the Games. Today is this year’s visit and USOC spokesperson says he’s never seen so many athletes turn down their invites. The resistance is real. https://t.co/6mKJGicWDS

— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) April 26, 2018

Hamlin opted to “visit at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Friday morning” instead of the White House.

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Adam Rippon won’t be visiting the White House on Friday with the 2018 U.S. Winter Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

“Olympians from the 2018 Games have been invited to go to the White House today. I will not be going,” the figure skater tweeted Friday morning. “I will not stand with people who discriminate against those that they perceive as different. In lieu of going to DC, I have donated to a few of my favorite causes.”

The figure skater said that he donated to GLAAD, Planned Parenthood and the Red Cross in lieu of the visit to President Trump’s residence. He encouraged others to give if they could, adding “when we’re able to help each other out and do what we can to lift each other up, that’s when we’re truly making America great.”

Skiers Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Gus Kenworthy, and flag bearer Erin Hamlin will also not make the trip to D.C.

Pyeongchang bronze medalist Vonn previously told CNN that at the Olympics, she hoped to “represent the people of the United States, not the president.”

“I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that,” she said. And when asked if she would visit the White House after the games, she added, “Absolutely not.”

Gold medalist Shiffrin has also spoken out against Trump in the past.

“All US Olympians and Paralympians are invited to visit the White House and meet the President after the Games,” Kenworthy tweeted on Thursday. “Today is this year’s visit and USOC spokesperson says he’s never seen so many athletes turn down their invites. The resistance is real.”

Hamlin opted to “visit at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Friday morning” instead of the White House.

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NBC made a giant-sized oopsie while covering the women’s Super-G skiing competition at the Winter Olympics on Saturday by prematurely announcing the gold medal winner, who turned out not to be the winner at all!

Austrian World Cup alpine skier Anna Veith’s (above left) time down the course put her in the top spot in line for the gold, and NBC commentators Bode Miller and Dan Hicks apparently thought she had it locked up. They were wrong.

“Four straight Olympic golds in the women’s Super-G for the skiing powerhouse of Austria. I just about can’t believe it!” Hicks said of Veith. And then the network cut away to men’s figure skating finals. When NBC eventually switched back to the slopes, it was Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka (above center) who won the race by .01 of a second.

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“Well, these are the Olympics, and anything can happen,” Hicks joked. But Twitter didn’t think it was funny. Sports Illustrated media analyst Richard Deitsch called the mistake “brutal.”

“Stunning. Have never seen that before in Alpine at the Olympics. Brutal for NBC. No other way to put it,” he tweeted.

Stunning. Have never seen that before in Alpine at the Olympics. Brutal for NBC. No other way to put it. https://t.co/xWrKQLstQe

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) February 17, 2018

Others chided the network for the blunder.

Good thing fox had the 2017 Super Bowl. Otherwise nbc would have turned it off when the falcons were up 25 in the third quarter.

— Mark (@m_raymond74) February 17, 2018

NBC: “We don’t think anyone past bib 19 can win the Womens super-g…Anna Veith wins gold!”
*They cut to figure skating*
NBC: “Actually the 2-sport athlete Ester Ledecká from The Czech Republic came from bib 29 to win the super-G, our bad”

— Kyle St. Aubin (@kylestaubin) February 17, 2018

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Ledecka was considered an underdog in the event because she had only been competitively racing in alpine skiing for two years as a way to challenge herself.

“I really don’t know what happened. You tell me … I was riding. I really don’t know what happened. It was great,” she said later that day at a press conference. Was it luck, skill or the skies she borrowed from gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin? Most likely, all of the above.

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NBC made a giant-sized oopsie while covering the women’s Super-G skiing competition at the Winter Olympics on Saturday by prematurely announcing the gold medal winner, who turned out not to be the winner at all!

Austrian World Cup alpine skier Anna Veith’s (above left) time down the course put her in the top spot in line for the gold, and NBC commentators Bode Miller and Dan Hicks apparently thought she had it locked up. They were wrong.

“Four straight Olympic golds in the women’s Super-G for the skiing powerhouse of Austria. I just about can’t believe it!” Hicks said of Veith. And then the network cut away to men’s figure skating finals. When NBC eventually switched back to the slopes, it was Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka (above center) who won the race by .01 of a second.

“Well, these are the Olympics, and anything can happen,” Hicks joked. But Twitter didn’t think it was funny. Sports Illustrated media analyst Richard Deitsch called the mistake “brutal.”

“Stunning. Have never seen that before in Alpine at the Olympics. Brutal for NBC. No other way to put it,” he tweeted.

Others chided the network for the blunder.

Ledecka was considered an underdog in the event because she had only been competitively racing in alpine skiing for two years as a way to challenge herself.

“I really don’t know what happened. You tell me … I was riding. I really don’t know what happened. It was great,” she said later that day at a press conference. Was it luck, skill or the skies she borrowed from gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin? Most likely, all of the above.

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