Olympian Adam Rippon Finishes Tenth [VIDEO]

Tenth in the scoring, but he definitely took first place as the darling of the 2018 Olympics, judging by thousands of adoring fans worldwide on Twitter.

USA Today reports:

Adam Rippon’s Olympic competition came to an end Saturday but his impact on the Games did not. Minutes after skating a clean free skate that put him in 10th place at the end of the men’s competition, Rippon made an impassioned speech about LGBT rights. From the stands, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas were watching on, while proudly waving a rainbow flag.

The role of the gay athlete has come a long way, but Rippon believes more progress lies ahead. “I have gotten a lot of attention just for being myself,” he said. “A lot of people when they come to a competition are afraid to be themselves, no matter who they are. One thing I want to come with from this competition — I am not a gay icon or America’s gay sweetheart. I am just America’s sweetheart and just an icon. If you have a personality like mine it’s for everybody.”