1. Twenty-eight-year-old figure skater Adam Rippon has qualified to compete in the Winter Olympics, becoming the first openly gay male to represent the United States in the Games, scheduled to begin in February in South Korea. “I am so excited to be going to my first Olympics in a few weeks. Being the first out🏳️🌈 male selected to represent the 🇺🇸 at a Winter Olympic Games is awesome,” the athlete tweeted last night. U.S. skating Olympian Johnny Weir didn’t publicly declare his orientation until after retirement. Rippon will be joined at the Olympics by out Canadian skater Eric Radford.