“Losers whine about doing their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen.”
The Trump curse strikes again. People:
Figure skater Adam Rippon has officially wrapped his first Olympic competitions — and he tells PEOPLE he’s likely to celebrate with a “stiff drink.”
The 28-year-old, who made history as the first openly gay man to compete for America in the Winter Games, has become the toast of Twitter in recent weeks, as much thanks to his strong showing in the skating team event as for his quick-tongued social media presence.
Hollywood, too, has taken notice, with Rippon exchanging messages with the likes of Zach Braff, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and other stars.
But all of that — the personality-driven spotlight, the plaudits from celebrities, the thousands and thousands of retweets — is secondary to the skating, and it’s his skating that gave Rippon reason to smile.
“I came here as an athlete to show why I’m at these Olympic Games, why I was chosen for the team, why I needed to be on that team event and that’s been so important to me and that I’ve gotten to show the world who I am,” he told a ring of reporters after his free skate in the men’s event on Saturday (which aired Friday night stateside).
“I think I’m leaving showing the world that you can also have a big personality and be who you are in the process,” he said.
Yeah, you sure showed us who you are.
Rippon first drew notice on the ice at these Games when his team men’s free skate helped keep aloft the U.S.’s medal chances. Performing to a mix of “Arrival of the Birds,” by The Cinematic Orchestra, and “O,” by Coldplay, he earned third and America ultimately won bronze overall.
That same skate this weekend in the men’s individual event got him slightly lower marks and his total score there came in at No. 10 — still a success, in his eyes.
“To come away from this Olympic Games to skate three clean programs in the midst of what seems like a lot going on, and a top-10 finish in the individual event and a bronze medal [in the team event], I think this is sort of like a dream Olympic Games for me,” Rippon told the press later Saturday.
“I think I’ve shown the world that I’m a fierce competitor,” he said, “but I think I’ve shown them that I’m also a fierce human being.”
You’ve shown the world that you’re an asshole.
Sorry, Lindsay. Gold is for winners. So is visiting the White House.