Adam Rippon & Gus Kenworthy Talk Being Openly Gay Olympians on 'Today'

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Adam Rippon poses for a portrait with his Bronze medal for the team event on the Today Show Set on Feb. 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

Their runs in the 2018 Winter Olympics may be over, but figure skater Adam Rippon and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy are far from being out of the spotlight. The two Olympians appeared on NBC’s Today this morning to talk about their experience being openly gay at the Winter Olympics.

Rippon made headlines over the last two months for being outspoken in his criticism of Vice President Mike Pence. He reiterated his disapproval, saying, “I feel that Mike Pence doesn’t stand for anything that I was taught when I grew up, and I think that it’s important if you’re given the platform to speak up for those who don’t have a voice.”

The skater also mentioned that he declined to take a phone call with the Vice President before the games because he wanted to “focus on the competition.” But would he would take the phone call today? “Totally.”

Kenworthy took a moment to share his frustration about the way people responded to a public kiss he shared with his boyfriend at the end of one of his runs. “People were like, ‘We get it, we don’t need to see it, though. We don’t care what you do behind closed doors, but don’t put it in my face.’”

The skier said the reaction to his kiss was patently unfair, especially when compared to the way straight love is shared constantly in public. “My entire life in movies and commercials in public, everywhere you see straight, heterosexual love,” he said. “And that’s completely fine because it’s normal. But us also showing the same type of affection isn’t shoving it in your face. It’s just us existing.”

Check out the full interview here.