Clarks Summit Native Adam Rippon Named Olympian

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SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 06: Adam Rippon competes in the Men's Free Skate during the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the SAP Center on January 6, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

SAN JOSE — After all the training, all the ups and downs, it’s finally official. Adam Rippon is an Olympian.

The Clarks Summit native was one of three men selected to the U.S. Olympic men’s figure skating team Sunday.

Rippon put on the performance of a lifetime in Thursday’s short program, but in the free skate on Saturday, he struggled. He fell from second to fourth place overall, putting his spot in jeopardy.

Nationals are the biggest factor, but they’re not the only factor, and the committee deemed Rippon Olympic worthy.

Rippon was selected to represent the U.S. at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The other members of the team are Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou.

This also marks history in a number of ways. At 28 years old, Rippon is the oldest U.S. figure skating Olympic rookie since 1936. Rippon is also reportedly the first openly gay U.S. man to qualify for the winter Olympics.

88 comments

  • M

    Oh my goodness…people should be ashamed by their horrendous, cruel comments. Shows an awful lot about one’s character….Adam worked tiressly to achieve this…I will be so rooting for him!!! good luck Adam!

  • Votechwoodsman

    Tricky time when you’re trying to skate the frozen dam while roamers are jabbing you from every direction.

  • Jimmyc

    Why did he have to announce he’s a homosexual? Why not just skate and compete, we could of did without the whole being gay thing” and watch a local in the Olympics, but… Nope….

  • Really?

    Jesus probably would have had dinner with this kid, and flipped the tables over in your church. Deuces <3

    • Read it

      No doubt He would have dinner with this confused young man, just as he spoke to the woman at the well. He would then tell him of his sins, as he did the woman. You should read the rest of the story, John 4 if you’re interested. I’m sure there are a few ‘churches’ he would flip tables over in as well.

    • Jd

      Wisdom: no “bad” and again, thank you for your humanity. Thing is, the guy can skate! Do any posters understand what that means to children or adults who can only “dream” about doing that, and never can make that dream come true because they’re lucky if they can even WALK?! Some of the comments are just so hurtful. All of the God and Bible comments are so unnecessary. The guy can skate! I really hope he does well.

  • Treat all People with respect

    I think all these comments on this young man should be deleted from this discussion. If this was your son or grandson, would you want them to read these terrible comments that these people are making? It is enough that they and their have to deal with their differences without you people condemning them here,

    I would bet many of you are smokers and do not like to be called out by those of use who do not smoke; in most placed having to go outside in the cold and rain to have a smoke while out eating.

    This young man should be congratulated on achieving this reward for his hard work, practice and determination; not ridiculed for being gay.

    The news stations should have thought about why they HAD to include this in their story also. They need to think about how it will affect the person and in this case, an employee of the station that shares similar views as this young man. WNEP – it is time to start thinking about how this is going to affect the person the story is about as well as the very rude and obnoxious comments from many of the peanut gallery below.

    • There goes your straw man

      Smoking won’t land you in hell if you don’t quit. It’s also a choice and conscious decision made by the person performing the act, same as homosexuality.

    • 1984

      Yep, let’s just get rid of everything we don’t agree with. Kind of like those awful statues down south or that flag of hatred and oppression. Things are so much better now that they’re gone.

  • Still waiting

    I’m still waiting for HYPOCRITES SUCK, or CONCERNED CITIZEN, or BORN AND RAISED IN CENTRAL PA to give us some Bible verses where it says it’s OK for two men to have sexual relations with each other.

    • Born and Raised in Central PA

      I don’t give a flying hoot what you think the Bible says. Not everybody subscribes to your religion.

      • Still waiting

        So you are saying there is no God? Jesus was never born, taught the good news, and died on the cross for our sins? The Bible isn’t truth? If so, you are truly lost and in need of redemption.

    • Born and Raised in Central PA

      Oh, right, Jesus. Please tell me every word uttered by Jesus on this topic that seems to fill you with so much hatred and vitriol. I’ll wait.

      • Still waiting

        I believe you’ll find in this thread plenty of Bible verses that condemn homosexuality. Since Jesus is the Son of God and part of the Holy Trinity, and all of the Bible is the Word of God, I believe you’ll find your answers. I hate the sin, not the sinner.

    • Hypocrites Suck

      You better settle in for a long wait. I don’t answer to you, and clearly Concerned Citizen doesn’t either. No need to yell, incidentally. There is only one Being who is qualified to judge me, and you ain’t Him.

      • Still waiting

        I never asked you to answer to me, I asked you to answer a question and provide information that would prove the Bible wrong about homosexuality, or at least conflicting. Both you and I know that answer because it is neither. It is the infallible Word of God. You don’t need to be concerned about me doing any judging-quite frankly you need to do some deep soul searching to make sure you’re ready for The One that will be doing the judging. I don’t know your heart, soul, or relationship with the Almighty, but based on what I’ve read from you today, you’re not ready.

      • Don’t answer = can’t answer

        Thanks for proving (as if it needed proving) that Bible states that homosexuality is a sin and that the wages of unrepentant sin is death. At least you acknowledge the existence of God, that’s a start. Keep searching.

  • Louie the Lisp

    Most male figure skaters are gay. Their ability to bend like pretzels serves them well in the sport.

  • Born and Raised in Central PA

    No one on this comment thread is qualified or educated enough to selectively interpret the Bible. Nor is your backwoods pastor, who is allowed to call himself that without any actual education. So spare everyone your idiotic efforts to interpret what the Bible says, and, if you still can’t help yourself, then please be sure to apply every last bit of it to yourself beginning immediately. Hypocrites.

    • Not a rocket scientist

      It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to interpret: “ or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men that have sex with men nor thieves nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

      • Born and Raised in Central PA

        How is your compliance with every other prohibition in the Old Testament coming along? The writers of the Bible did not have any comprehension of what a gay orientation was.

      • Not a rocket scientist

        Please see in the thread below all the verses in the Bible that condemn homosexuality. Anyone that studies the Bible understands that ‘The Law’ in Old Testament times has been superseded by Jesus’s death and resurrection. OT law was given to the nation of Israel, not Christians. It is important to note that the New Testament condemns homosexuality as well.

      • Really?

        The people that wrote the bible thought the Earth was flat. “nough said. Jesus must be spinning in his grave.

    • WAYNE S

      Cut some people in nepa slack, Its an up and coming area. I really like the blighted row homes, the uneven pothole filled roadways, the mountain laurels, the lions-head bottles and various other garbage items strewn about the side of the road. This romantic ambiance is over looking the coal banks, rust filled streams and high school football signage.

    • Backwoods

      Our backwoods pastor has a Masters in theology and his Doctorate in Divinity from Dallas Theological Seminary. As do a lot bible teaching pastors.

      • Born and Raised in Central PA

        Ah, yes, the Dallas Theological Seminary. An evangelical “school” in the south. Anyone can get in, and anyone can get a degree if they pay the fees and do the assignments. Accredited by whom? What are the academic credentials required for admission? That must be quite an accomplishment to graduate from such an esteemed institution to come preach to numbskulls in northeastern PA about hatred.

      • Not a rocket scientist

        And your belittling description of DTS differs from most advanced secular schools-how? DTS is not a school that turns out medical doctors, aerospace engineers, or attorneys. They turn out men and women that out to save lost people such as yourself. They go out and spread the good news to the world, not just NEPA.

    • Right

      But you’re obviously qualified and educated enough to tell those people that they’re wrong. Right? So, if we aren’t, who is? You? 😂

  • Supporter of America

    Read some of the posts and not that I agree or disagree, but I personally don’t understand why the news felt it pertinent to emphasize the LGBT thing? I’m sure he is very talented at what he does, definitely more so than I. Does being gay make him more talented? Just think it should have been more about promoting his great personal achievement, as he is the only one making the achievement. Outside of his family and friends who support him in his endeavors. Good job to him.

  • Really?

    To folks saying his sexuality is being shoved down your throats, it’s noteworthy because it is a “first.” Further, to any religious folks, I have had to chase Children of the Corn looking Bible thumpers off my front porch more than a few times. THAT is throwing your lifestyle in my face.

    • The option

      You don’t have to answer the door though. You have the option to not be engaged with something you don’t agree with. Two people on your porch with white shirts and black ties clutching a Mormon or Jehovah Witness bible is a dead giveaway. When a news article says ‘local boy does good’ most people would like to see ‘local boy does good’ and that’s it. Oh yeah, he’s gay too. Gotcha. THAT is shoving it in your face.

      • Really?

        Sorry I didn’t realize you were mandated to watch WNEP. Since you don’t have a choice, I guess you have a point.

      • Born and Raised in Central PA

        Let’s not confusing “shoving down your face” with handling reality that you don’t understand and prefer not to deal with. Too bad for you. Sounds like you have a lot of personal issues to deal with. That’s where your focus should be. Your ignorance is what’s being shoved.

      • The option

        If the article would have mentioned ‘gay’ in the headline I would have passed right over it. I see you’ve been drinking the kool-aid like a good little subject.

  • The new standard

    In an effort to ensure equality, going forward all news articles will be required to identify the sexual preferences and present gender identity of all individuals. These people will then have access to a master database so they can update their preferences and identities as they change.

    • Born and Raised in Central PA

      Scared all the time? Or just scared when you learn that someone happens to be gay? You seem very insecure.

      • Goes both ways?

        No, just looking for the equality, diversity, and acceptance from the crowd that keeps telling us that we have to have more equality, diversity, and acceptance.

  • Born and Raised in Central PA

    It’s too bad that so many of the people within reach of WNEP’s broadcast remain backwoods hillbillies. They are scared of anything different from themselves and what they know. It’s a big reason why they remain left behind economically and otherwise. By acknowledging that he’s gay, Adam is doing something brave that others in his field have not done. In doing so, he’s providing hope and a role model for other kids growing up in your communities who are feeling alone and bullied. Some of those kids commit suicide or engage in other self-harming behaviors. So Adam is attempting to show them that they, too, can succeed in life and be okay. All of you rednecks and fake Christians posting stupid nonsense here should be ashamed of yourselves. No one is shoving anything down your throat. Your pathetic lives go on unchecked by this. If you’re offended to read that a local kid who happens to be openly gay is now an Olympian, you really don’t have a relevant role in society today, and you need look no further than closely at your pathetic existence to understand that you have, in fact, been left behind.

    • Proud but no pride

      On the contrary my good person, those that choose to disobey God and live sin are the ones that will be left behind. And that is a very sad thing indeed. A person that continues to live in sin is not a role model. Contemporary society is trying its best to normalize homosexuality and gender confusion. It’s not that we’re afraid of anything different, it’s that we have empathy and pity for the lost souls that will eternally live in damnation if they continue on their current path.

      • Really?

        Cutting sideburn, wearing Mixed fibers, eating pork, sitting on the bed of a woman who was on her period…you’re going to burn with the rest of us so stock up on the sunblock.

      • CONCERNEDCITIZEN

        He is the first openly gay Olympian. It’s a first!! If it were not a first, it most likely would not have been mentioned. I agree that people in this area are terrified of anything other than what they grew up with. Newsflash, homosexuality has been practiced by other species, and by humans are thousands of years. This is nothing new and nothing to be upset about. Gay men predate Christianity, LOL. Not only that, but religious leaders are often caught with members of their own sex. It is also so rude to tell someone they’re going to burn because that is what YOU believe. YOUR religion has no bearing on anyone that doesn’t believe the same, and your god sounds like a terrible god that I would never want to bow to if he is damning someone for following the feelings HE supposedly gave them!

      • Proud but no pride

        Dear REALLY and CONCERNED citizen: You mention activities that were the law as handed down from God in the Old Testament. The law was God’s way to have his people show obedience. Jesus’s death on the cross (New Testament) takes the place of OT law as long as people repent from their sins and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Murder predates Christianity too, so does that make it OK? Yes, so-called religious leaders have fallen as well, which begs the question to be asked – were they saved to begin with? God gave us love, mankind with his sin nature has perverted it and tries to legitimize their behavior, knowing full well it is wrong. The Bible doesn’t address homosexuality in other species, only mankind.

      • Born and Raised in Central PA

        You’re not educated enough or qualified to interpret the Bible, let alone selectively, my “good” person. Please focus on yourself. You clearly have a lot of personal insecurity and other issues.

    • The Real Rub

      Here’s the real rub on that observation: a man can endure the hormonal changes and operation to reinvent themselves as a female. THEN, they can compete in women’s sports events. Happened in women’s kickboxing where some trans-god-knows-what beat the ever living crap out of his genetically natural female competitor.

      NOBODY CARES IF IT’S “A FIRST!” Nobody cares. Nobody cares. Let the man be an athlete and leave it at that. Let all of the Biblical warnings stfu and let this guy do what he’s going to do. There are far more important things to attend to than some ridiculous “OLYMPIC FIRST” or perceived damnation this story presents. Gawd, you all make for sickening examples of adults.

  • Proud but no pride

    Dear Adam, First off, congratulations on your hard work paying off, good luck in the Olympics. Next, be aware that homosexuality is a sin and will judged accordingly by the Almighty. Your achievements on earth may be written in the record books, but it’s the book of life where you want your name to be present. No homosexual will enter eternity, repent or perish.

    • Hypocrites Suck

      Dear “Proud,” you must have missed the Scriptural lessons about love and tolerance. Be aware that intolerance is a sin and will be judged accordingly. Incidentally, since you’re so interested in this man’s bed partners, I can only surmise that you are also a homosexual.

      • Proud but no pride

        So in practicing love and tolerance, are we to turn a blind eye to our brothers and sisters that are on the wrong path? Would you let your child drink poison or play with a loaded gun? Love, tolerance, and discipline are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, one cannot exist without the other.

      • Hypocrites Suck

        Proud, your mind is not only closed it’s nailed shut. Who are you to decide whether or not someone is on the correct path? On Judgment Day, you and I, Adam, and everyone else will be judged by our Lord and Savior, not politically motivated mortals. Incidentally your comment about letting my children “drink poison or play with a loaded gun” not only shows your inability to stick to the facts, it tells us all who you truly are. Good luck with that.

      • Proud but no pride.

        So, HYPOCRITES SUCK, I will agree that some day we will all be judged. Please tell us all, in the Bible, where it says that homosexuality isn’t a sin and it’s OK to live that way. Then when you’re done with that, tell us where it says it’s OK let others continue living in sin without helping them get back on the right track? I’m not judging anyone-I’m simply pointing out that living the gay lifestyle without repentance is a sure fire one way ticket to hell. And THAT is in the Bible. Your defense of this mans sin tells me you are not on the right path either. There is nothing political about sin.

      • CONCERNEDCITIZEN

        Where DOES it say in the bible that being openly gay and loving someone of the same sex is a sin? I would love to read that. Your ideologies are coming from hundreds of years ago. Why are you still listening to old white men who only want your money?

      • John

        @CONCERNEDCITIZEN….If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them. (Leviticus 20:13)

      • Proud but no pride

        CONCERNED CITIZEN: Hebrews 13:4, Romans 1:26 & 27, Jude 1:7, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Mark 10:6, 1 Corinthians 7:2, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13. Should I continue?

    • JessicaInWilliamsport

      And THAT is how you “shove” something down someone’s throat….. Typical passive aggressive “I’m trying to save you” bull…..

      • The lost

        Poor, diluted Jessica… Ever try to tell an addict or alcoholic they have a problem? They won’t get treatment until THEY recognize they have a problem. If someone isn’t there to care and help them, they will continue on their destructive path. So many lost people…

  • Gaytopia

    This is so interesting because there were 2 (that would be, TWO) Olympic representatives from Sullivan County in the last Summer Games. I don’t recollect either of them being mentioned more than in a very brief blurb. I guess they didn’t shove their orientation down anyone’s throat. Sad.

    • Gaytopia Needs A Hug

      This may be difficult for you to comprehend, but no one shoved anything down anyone’s throat. Unless you think WNEP did. I guess you’re disappointed that no one is interested in your throat. Yet.

  • In The News

    Congratulations on a phenomenal accomplishment.

    Now, here’s the truth of it: the man worked hard to get where he is, right now. NOBODY CARES about his sexual preferences. Why is that even mentioned? Would WNEP have written, “…Aside from being the oldest figure skating rookie since 1936, he is also openly heterosexual?” UH, NO. It doesn’t stir up controversy.

  • NativeGirlNativeGuy

    Congratulations!!! I don’t know why people are rude about you openly being g gsy, but more power to you!!! They are all jealous because they aren’t talented. Their only way to get recognized is talking bad and putting people down! Show them what you gto Adam!!!! Cheering you on!!

    • In The News

      No, people aren’t “jealous” of Rippon’s talent, skill, or dedication, silly willy. They are sick of having everyone’s preferences, orientation, and fluidity shoved into their faces like some kind of cloth soaked in societal chloroform. People do not care, anymore, and it should not be necessary to make mention of it at every opportunity.

      People. Don’t. Care. They don’t.

      • Born and Raised in Central PA

        Sounds like you care a lot. You don’t like dealing with facts and reality. Pathetic.

    • NativeToUSAGirl

      It was NOT in the news to be shoved in ANYONES faces. It is an accomplishment. It is something to be proud of.
      There are reasons the news puts things in there articles and its not to push and shove things in your face,
      simpily to recognize that person.The article stated he was Gay because he
      is reported the FRIST openly gay U.S. man to qualify. It has NOTHING what so ever to do with shoving it in your face or shame anyone.
      Hes gay who cares.

      • Who cares?

        Being gay is nothing to be proud of. It’s not an accomplishment, it’s a sickness of the mind and heart. Who cares? Obviously you do.

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