Figure Skating Pyeongchang2018 Winter Olympics Team Event Men's Single Skating Free Skating competition final Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea February 12, 2018 - Adam Rippon of the U.S.in action.
And when he was asked what he was going to do when he got back home to the States, Rippon was quick to reply. "'Rafael, this is what I'm eating.' And he said, 'I know".
That comment was also made in response to the administration's decision to have Vice President Pence lead the delegation at the Winter Olympics, which is the first in United States history to have openly gay athletes.
As the games opened, Rippon was heard loudly Vice President Mike Pence who headed the US delegation to the games.
"I have no problem about what I've said because I stand by it, but I think right now the Olympics are about Olympic competition", Rippon told CNN. Before heading to the Olympics, Rippon commented that he didn't agree with Pence leading the US delegation during the opening ceremony.
Karen Crouse, the author of the of the NYT piece, wrote how the skater, 2016, endured a daily diet of just three slices of whole wheat toasted bread, topped with just I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and three cups of coffee, which he sweetened with Splenda.
"I think I had a stress fracture before I broke my foot", Rippon said. "I'm not buying it", he told USA Today.
And the "America's sweetheart" label? "I was really nervous, to be honest", Rippon said. "I haven't heard him mention you once???"
'I hope one day Adam and the Vice President have a chance to sit down together.
"I could feel the pressure".
Despite insisting in a press conference that he didn't want his "Olympic experience being about Mike Pence", the issue will not go away and a tweet Tuesday night from Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, fanned the flames again. And I spent a lot of time worrying what people thought of me, and as soon as I was able to let go of those doubts, that's when I was able to find my voice.