Adam Rippon Shines in Olympic Debut; Team USA Takes Bronze

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GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 12: Adam Rippon of the United States of America celebrates after competing in the Figure Skating Team Event Men's Single Free Skating on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 12, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA — It’s a dream come true for one of the best local athletes in the world.

After all the hard work, Adam Rippon of Clarks Summit made his Olympic debut Sunday night.

At 28 years old, he’s the oldest rookie on the U.S. men’s figure skating team.

Rippon exudes confidence and he backed it up on the world stage.

The Clarks Summit native was absolutely spectacular, earning a total score of 172.98, making him third best of the evening. Though, consensus on social media and even the broadcasters was that he deserved a better score from the judges.

His name was trending worldwide on Twitter.

His performance helped Team USA win the bronze medal. Canada won gold, and the Olympic Athletes from Russia won silver.

Rippon skates again on Thursday.


  • Yankees

    I would love to see Adam fight each and every one of you hillbilly dirtballs! Make you run home to your mommy’s house with tears in your eyes! Homophobic LOSERS!!!

  • Lance

    If being gay is not a big deal. Why was it necessary for him to politicize not dhaling the VPs hand or making a statement about being the first openly gay skater? He is a hypocrite on so many levels he is beyond contempt.

    • It’s the gay way

      It’s the militant gay way. The want acceptance but then turn away when given the opportunity. Just like the ones that make the big deals about cakes and dresses. Any other (normal) person would just take their business elsewhere. Not them – hell hath no fury like a f@g scorned.

  • Huggy

    Street roamers are a great example of people who accept all orientations. They simply do not mind whoever or whatever they make slam-slam with. Street Roamer Appreciation Parade starts at the car wash through vo-tech woods to the mall and back.

  • Carol F Schellenberg

    As a fan of figure skating, I could not believe that Adam was simply not rewarded on the artistic merits of the program. It was obvious to the most casual observer that he should have scored better than the Russian skater. The technical scores were very close.

  • longgreysocks

    If i would of practiced curling or bob-sleighing a lot more up the votech woods in frackville pa, i could of easily made the Winter Olympics. Im more into winter hiking in back alleys. But winter street roaming is not an olympic event.

      • longgreysocks

        yankees, im not too good in english. im from the skook butt. but im sure you are a great high school english teacher in the skook butt , do you got off today butt for the cold weather.. make sure to post on facebook our lad what yous did on your day off.

      • Baba

        Look at the big brains on Yankees. You earn some of Baba’s bread. Great job correcting grammar on wnep comments section. It’ll look great on your resume!

      • Honor roll all star

        Yankee must feel gifted by achieving these lofty accomplishments on the WNEP comment page. I bet he reposts and regurgitates lots of quotes/phrases on the Faceybook. Every like he gets is quite validating and if someone comments I bet that means it’s time to close the door for a passionate yankee.

  • Libs and repukes are the same

    You haters crack me up. You cannot stand homosexuality but are the same fat, sloppy pigs that watch lesbian porn after wifey and kids go to bed. Degenerate hypocrites.

    • OK THEN

      Love how your thoughts go right to gay pornography. Paging Dr. Freud. The lot of us hate the degeneracy of male and female roles and the constant bombardment of lies spewn by those who try to make being gay normal and natural, of which it is neither. Decent people know better.

  • Maddog

    They picked on Canada’s ice dancing team Tessa and Scot for one part of there performance and then they sensationalized this cup cake, what is this world coming to what’s more normal pie or pickle puffing sick SOB!

  • Truth

    “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.”

      • Read your Bible

        Since all of the Bible is God-inspired and God-breathed, it is essentially written by the Almighty through men that He ordained. So, are you calling God a bigot? Are you saying that homosexuality is approved in the eyes of God? Let’s hear it – Chapter and Verse where it says it’s OK to be gay.

    • Watching from afar

      Quoting from a bronze-age book of fairy tales and legends has no relevance to modern life. Not everyone is a fundamentalist christian. The ignorance and bigotry in these comments towards a gentleman who honed his skillsand eventually make his way to the Olympics is a testament to how ill-educated, superstitious, and backwards this area is.

      • You’re a fool

        A fool says in his heart, there is no God. No relevance you say? So, you think killing people is OK? How about honoring your parents? Stealing? The New Testament chronicles the life of Jesus and beyond, so it’s not the Bronze Age. Homosexuality is condemned in the NT as well. Even if you aren’t a Christian, the act of one man putting his member into another man should revolt anyone with any sense of decency. The act between two men serves no purpose other than pleasure, because two men cannot procreate. Funny how that works out. Almost as if some higher power had a grand design in mind.

      • Natural Selection

        First, I agree the bible is basically a series of works from bronze age drunks, but we part company there. It is disgusting, and unnatural. Perhaps your were raised with a closet gay parent and think its cool, or you just tolerate it. Fine. I didn’t tell anybody this guy was gay. He did that himself, and now he can receive the verbal version of his physical perversion.
        If you think its ok to try things, fine how about trying a golf club in a thunderstorm.

      • trucker

        A book that supernaturally predicted world events including: rebirth of Israel, she being attacked and hated, current conditions (many will be offended), Russian-Turkey-Iranian alliance, one world government, tech to implement a one-world currency, space based weapons, Jerusalem being a huge problem, scoffers despite overwhelming “evidence that demands a verdict”(google it), world wide instant communication, the self-esteem movement and the hundreds of prophecies literally fulfilled by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • Really?

    Meanwhile somewhere in NEPA, men who haven’t left their couch and live on Percocet from a back injury 15 years ago believe they could be in the Olympics if they applied themselves.

  • By WNEP web staff: AKA RYAN LECKEY

    Next week no one will even remember who he is. If only you guys put this much effort into covering real news… Your rainbow is showing.

    • Yankees

      Carl, you are a piece of crap, closet homosexual! Open up your mind a little bit and lose the flannel shirt and workboots! Oh and the pick up truck also

      • Enjoying the name calling

        Funny how if you disagree with the homo lifestyle you’re either a bigot, hater, or closet homo. Whatever happened to just disagreeing with something?

      • Yankees

        Whatever happened to not caring about how other people live their lives?? I’m a straight white male and couldn’t care less who is gay, straight, black, white, etc. Most of you people on this site need to get off welfare, get a job, raise a family, and just worry about your own pitiful lives!! Just sayin!

      • Ambiguity

        A person does not choose their race. They do choose to be gay. I could care less if people want to marry their pets, just don’t flaunt it in my face, force me to accept it, and constantly bombard everyone with lies that it’s normal. You say you don’t care but you’re here defending their lifestyle.

  • Mental Illness

    Suicide rate 40% before coming out, Suicide rate 40% after coming out. MENTAL ILLNESS! Get a pill. My preference would be lead, but open to copper.

      • The conversation

        Adam: ‘But God, I’m an internationally recognized figure skater’. God: ‘My child, were you not told that no practicing homosexual will enter the kingdom of heaven?’ Adam: ‘But I took the bronze medal…’

  • hollymolley

    No class. Only there because of his gay perverted political stance. We’ve seen far to much of this. A decent humble and deserving skater should have been there. .truth be told we’ve had far to much of this, far to much.

      • Wear your ‘hate’ as a badge of honor

        “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”

    • Really?

      I’m sorry it doesn’t carry the class and esteem of the mid-valley dart league. It’s global recognition for talent. How trivial.

    • Yankees

      Participation award has never played a down in his life, battled for a rebound, or faced someone throwing a 90MPH fastball!! I’m guessing he’s a fat loser with no friends, no girls, and obviously no life! I would love to see him get his butt whipped in any sporting event by a gay man! I think that is what he is afraid of!!

      • Perspective

        Life isn’t a popularity contest or sporting event, princess. If that’s where your priorities are then you’ve got it all wrong.

      • Oh NEPA

        The trophy wasn’t made for him, sweetheart. Bronze medals have been awarded for hundreds of years. It’s nothing new, and nothing that was made for this generation. Please, do some research or something. Reading might do you some good. Diversify your understanding and thinking, because it’s in a sad place right now.

      • What are you talking about?

        What are you talking about and who are you talking to, Oh NEPA? Or is this what is looks like when gay supporters melt down and run out of things to say? It’s OK, suck on a Tide Pod for while and everything will be just fine.

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