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Out Athletes Adam Rippon, Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe Cover ESPN Magazine's 'Body Issue'

ESPN Magazine's 10th Annual 'Body Issue' is online today!

Begun in 2008, the issue highlights the physiques of 16 world-class athletes.

Alison Overholt, editor in chief of ESPN Magazine said in a statement,“The goal has always been for us to celebrate the athletic form—in every shape and size—and to allow people to stop and marvel at the works of art these bodies truly are.” 

This year’s edition is more LGBTQ-inclusive than ever featuring Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon as well as lesbian soccer forward Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign) together with her girlfriend, 10-time WNBA All-Star point guard for the Seattle Storm, Sue Bird.

The couple’s print cover is the first time a queer couple has covered the Body Issue.

“It's pretty amazing to think about [being on the cover of the Body Issue], especially in the times we're in,” Rapinoe shared in her interview. “Just think of how far we've come, but also the current climate. Not only are we female athletes, but we're dating as well. It's kind of bad-ass.”

Coming off of this year’s Winter Olympics as well as a grueling tour for ‘Stars On Ice’ while competing (and winning) Dancing with the Stars, Rippon told ESPN Magazine, “I couldn't have done this [shoot] while I was in the closet.” 

“I think that, with my experience of coming out, I felt so liberated in so many ways,” the 28-year-old added.

Also included in the Body Issue are Saquon Barkley (running back for New York Giants), sprinter Tori Bowie, cross-country skier and Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins, National Women's Soccer League MVP Crystal Dunn, Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel, as well as totally fit seniors Jerry Rice of the NFL and pro-golfing legend, Greg Norman.

The print edition of the Body Issue hits news stands on June 29, but you can check out the online versions over at ESPN Magazine here.

And The Winner Of "DWTS: Athletes" Is...?

SPOILER ALERT: On Monday night’s finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: Athletes edition, out Olympian and self-proclaimed "America's sweetheart" Adam Rippon took home the mirror-ball trophy becoming the Season 26 champion.

Rippon and his pro partner Jenna Johnson had to go head-to-head with fellow Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber, and Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess

Rippon and Johnson were tasked with two final dance styles: jazz and freestyle. 

The jazz dance (performed to the Broadway classic “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun), was a pure show biz routine that brought the audience to their feet and received a perfect score from the judges. 

 

 

“It was so exquisitely theatrical,” judge Bruno Tonioli gushed. “Technically, it was brilliant. Your timing and partner work is flawless.”

But the Asian-inspired freestyle fan dance (set to DJ Kass’ “Scooby Doo Pa Pa”) complete with vogueing, fan-snapping and more received a slightly mixed reaction scoring 9s and 10s for a 28 out of 30.

The judges read on the freestyle was perplexing in that it was full of very specific style and Team Rippon were definitely on fire from the get-go.

 

 

As a dancer and choreographer myself, I was floored at the complexity of the dance routines. And not only Team Rippon’s.

NFL-er Josh Norman absolutely killed in his football-inspired freestyle to “Walk On Water” by 30 Seconds To Mars. Not only difficult choreography, but he was dancing in formations with several other dancers and totally on point!

And it didn’t hurt that he performed the number shirtless and ended up under a shower ;)

Even Tonya Harding came out guns blazing with her disco-themed turn to “Hush Hush; Hush Hush” by The Pussycat Dolls.

But in the end, the prophecy of the season’s first night cha-cha to RuPaul’s “Sissy That Walk” came to fruition as Adam and Jenna were named the champions. 

This is Johnson’s first win on DWTS in only two seasons with the dance show.

“The Mirrorball has now taken on a new meaning, someone like me is accepted and I feel loved,” Rippon shared before his freestyle routine.

Rippon is the first openly gay winner of Dancing with the Stars. Congrats, Adam!

DWTS: Adam Rippon Soars To The Top With Stunning Contemporary Dance

Believe it or not, we have just one week left in this “Athletes-only” edition of Dancing with the Stars, and Olympic bronze medalist (and self-proclaimed “America’s sweetheart”) Adam Rippon is crushing it.

I’ve been pulling for Adam from day one and he hasn’t disappointed. 

Charming, self-deprecating and hard-working as hell, Rippon has been everything the TV show’s producers could have wanted.

Performing a contemporary dance last night to “O” by Coldplay (which Adam knows uber-well since he skated to it at the Winter Olympics), Team Rippon came to slay, and slay they did.

Gorgeous choreography (I’m glad Carrie Ann pointed out later how deceptively challenging the steps were), complete commitment and detailed execution made the bird-inspired dance take flight.

And the judges agreed.

DWTS season 24 runner-up David Ross: “By far my favorite dance of the night.”

Judge Len Goodman: “It had great control mixed with flair. It’s the best dance I’ve seen tonight. Well done.”

Judge Bruno Tonioli: “You were like two birds of paradise - mesmerizing and enchanting. It’s impossible to tell who is the professional. This is a masterpiece of a dance.”

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba: “I love that you push yourself that hard. I just wanted to thank you. This is why artists create - to have moments like this. Where it’s just pure perfection.”

Team Adam received the evening’s high-score 39-of-40, which he dedicated to his mom, saying afterward: “The only thing that I’m thankful for is that I’m a beautiful crier.”

From where I stand, the mirror-ball trophy is Adam’s to lose. He’ll face off in the finals next week against fellow-figure skater Tonya Harding, and Washington Redskins defensive back Josh Norman.

Watch Adam and Jenna’s contemporary dance below:

 

 

Last night also featured a salsa “ballroom battle” between woofy Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer and the NFL’s Josh Norman.

Both did great but how could I pass up a another chance to gaze again upon Mazdzer’s furry goodness? 

He knows what he’s working with. Just saying…

 

 

For Mother's Day HRC Announces Star-Studded "Moms For Equality" Campaign

Even with progress being made every day, the fact is LGBTQ youth face disproportionately high rates of bullying, anxiety and depression.

But when it comes to kids, few are as ferocious a defender as a mom.

So just in time for Mother’s Day, the Human Rights Campaign has announced a new “Moms for Equality” campaign featuring mothers of famous LGBTQs urging their fellow parents and allies to join the fight for equality. 

Kelly Rippon, Sally Field, Betty DeGeneres, Jodie Patterson and more share tributes and truth in the new campaign, chronicling their journeys to becoming fierce advocates of LGBTQ people. 

“Everyone, LGBTQ or otherwise, should get to live as freely as Adam does –– and, as one of HRC’s Moms for Equality, I’m committed to making that happen,” says Kelly Rippon, mother of out Olympic bronze medalist (and "America's sweetheart") Adam Rippon.

“This whole campaign has become such a family affair. All of us are in this fight for LGBTQ equality for Adam, of course, but also for all those young people like him who haven’t had an easy time openly being themselves," added Rippon. "They need allies to support them, now more than ever!”

“At 20, Sam came out proudly as a gay man: to us and to a world where some still hate you just for being different. Ten years later and that hate seems to have only gotten stronger,” says Oscar winner Sally Field writes in a touching tribute for the “Moms for Equality” campaign. “But with you, we can help stop hate in its tracks.”

“It’s on us to change the world for these kids and make it a better place. Just like my Ellen did 21 years ago and continues to do to this day,” says Betty DeGeneres, mother of Ellen DeGeneres. “I’m a proud Mom for Equality and a longtime member of HRC.”

Jodie Patterson, recently named one of “The 20 Most Influential Moms of 2018” by Family Circle magazine, shares, “As a mom, I’ve always wanted to fix things. But, as I soon realized, there wasn’t anything about Penelope that needed fixing. He, like every transgender child, was simply announcing to me and to the world how he truly saw himself.

“He was boldly claiming his identity,” said Patterson. “I joined the fight for transgender equality that very day and I’m here, seven years later, to keep that fight going as one of HRC’s Moms for Equality!”

Limited edition “Fight Like A Mother” t-shirts are available to those who join the campaign through Mother’s Day.

Adam Rippon's High-Flying DWTS Quickstep Lands At The Top Of The Scoreboard

Out figure skater Adam Rippon and partner Jenna Johnson took on the uber-challenging Quickstep in serious style on last night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars.

In the pre-performance video, Rippon shared that his grueling ‘Stars on Ice’ tour schedule has him flying all over the country while Johnson travels with him everywhere to rehearse. 

It’s airports, hotels, skating performances, 5 hour dance rehearsals, 3-4 hours of sleep a night, then rinse and repeat. 

But a busy schedule and sleep deprivation did not stand in the mighty Rippon’s way. 

Set to “Make Way” by Aloe Blacc, the duo delivered near perfection receiving 37 out of a possible 40 points. That made for a tie, with skating pal Mirai Nagasu and her pro partner Alan Bersten, for the night’s high score.

 

 

The judges gushed.

Bruno Tonioli: “No messing around, no distractions! Absolutely fantastic dancing all the way through. Your timing is impeccable.”

Len Goodman: “So much content, so much speed, but so much clarity of movement. Well done!”

Carrie-Ann Inaba: “You better work. So tight!”

“That was stunning," said guest judge Rashad Jennings. Although Adam’s snazzy red and black suit took the former NFL player aback: “This outfit though. Did you pick this outfit?”

“I actually stole it from your trailer,” sassed Rippon without missing a beat. “We’re the same size. Nobody knew that.”

After the performance, Rippons told Fox News his new fine Finnish boyfriend, Jussi-Pekka Kajaala, will be moving from Finland to Los Angeles to be with him.

"I live here in L.A. already but he's in the process of moving here. He lives in Helsinki right now," Rippon explained.

"He's coming as soon as the ['DWTS'] show is over. He's been to L.A. a bunch of times since the Olympics."

 

Good boys Finnish first

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Kenworthy States Rippon Makes Him "Weak In The knees," Teases "Pornstars On Ice?"

 

Openly sexy Olympic jokesters Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy share their combined Insta cuteness almost as much as a Kardashian shares her Insta assets, and for his most recent post, Kenworthy provided some VERY suggestive options for a caption! Freeskiing legend Kenworthy and figure skating sensation Rippon were photographed while out on the ice together at a rink in Michigan, and Gus, overwhelmed with the caption possibilities with these two cuties in the frame, stated:

Couldn't decide on a caption, so here are four - pick your fav!

#1 (porn)Stars on Ice 
#2 Blades of Glory-hole
#3 I'm not Nancy Kerrigan and he's not Tonya Harding but he does make me a lil weak in the knees...
#4 Ice Queens

 

 

I'll take... all of the above! Gus and Adam's Olympic-sized love for one another was one of the best things to come out of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, and we'll never get tired of seeing their friendship play out on Instagram. 

Coincidentally, the second best thing to come out of the recent Olympics might just be the fact that many of the stars snubbed Trump's invitation to the White House this past Friday. The president opened his doors to all Olympic and Paralympic competitors, but, as CNN reports, Rippon, Kenworthy, Lindsey Vonn, and others opted out. Rippon stated:

I will not be going. I will not stand with people who discriminate against those that they perceive as different. In lieu of going to DC, I have donated to a few of my favorite causes.

Adorable, hilarious, talented, and not afraid to stand for their beliefs. These guys will always be my favorite (porn)Stars on Ice!

 

 

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Adam Rippon Got to Smell Keith Urban at the Time 100 Gala

Olympic figure skater and future Dancing with the Stars contestant Adam Rippon just got to do something super weird but totally awesome this week.

Adam attended the Time 100 Gala in New York City on Wednesday night, where he happened to be on that particular list of the 100 most influential people in the world.  He was surrounded by A-list stars including Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, and his potential new BFF... Nicole Kidman.

During his speech on stage, he mentioned how he was lucky enough to actually sniff Nicole's hunky husband Keith Urban while at the gala, which made the entire audience laugh out loud.  "“I’m really able to be who I am very effortlessly. I met Nicole Kidman earlier tonight and she even let me smell her husband. If it wasn’t for the words that my mom told me, ‘Never give up on your dreams,’ I would never have had that experience.”

Keith actually confirmed this story to Page Six later on that Adam did in fact get a whiff of him.  When they asked what fragrance he was wearing, he shot back, “My wife!”

So to recap: sniffing country singers and getting asked out on a date on live television are just part of Adam's daily life lately it seems.  Totes jealous indeed. 

 

Sorry, Boys, Adam Rippon is Off the Market!

After all the attention Adam Rippon received leading up to, during, and now after the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea it’s hard to think that the olympic skater would have time to do any dating. But after his skating, and his ass, gained lots of fans, Rippon had us wondering if there was someone special he had his eye on. For a moment, Sally Field’s gay son could have even been a contender thanks to his mom’s outlandish plea on social media.

But alas, it seems that Field’s son, Sam Greisman, is more of a BFF than a Bae to Rippon.

After months after meeting someone on Tinder, Rippon has posted a photo on Instagram that is breaking the hearts of so many who dreamed of cuddling up with Rippon’s booty every night--we can dream right?

Rippon is officially dating Finnish-born Jussi-Pekka Kajaala, he shared with People, after posting a shirtless photo of them during a hike at LA’s Runyon Canyon.

 

Good boys Finnish  first

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He’s tall!

According to Rippon, the couple recently starting hanging out more because the last several months since they met have been really busy times for the two.

Looks like Rippon’s buns of steel are off limits. Sorry, boys!

h/t: People,

 

Adam Rippon Has A Few Words For The Drag Queen Dressed Like Elsa

Last week, we shared with you the news (and video) of a Boston man, dressed as Frozen’s Elsa, helping a police wagon in the snow.

The video went viral and thanks to that, many people around the globe now know the name (or at least, the look) of 37-year-old Jason Triplett.

 

 

The attorney by day, Disney princess by night was at first overwhelmed by the sudden rush of attention directed his way, but he also used it to his advantage.

Triplett shared that the one thing he wanted out of this entire incident was the attention of a certain Olympic figure skater. That’s right, Triplett quickly shared the word that his one wish out of this current media storm is to get to meet a hero of his, Adam Rippon.

While we don’t know about a future meeting, Rippon was happy to share that he’s well aware of Jason Triplett and the video that’s started all the talk.

While talking to Entertainment Tonight, Rippon shared that he was impressed by Triplett’s actions. When asked if he wanted to say anything to the man from Boston, Rippon turned to the camera and said, “They say not all heroes wear capes, but sometimes, they do.’’

 

 

h/t: Entertainment Tonight

Watch Adam Rippon Take On the Hot Ones Challenge

Ready to see Adam Rippon unfiltered, full, and maybe in a little pain?

Adam Rippon recently joined the ranks of Charlize Theron, Logic, Taraji P. Henson, Guy Fieri and more by getting to guest on the popular series "Hot Ones."

On the First We Feast Youtube Channel, many celebrities have sat across from show host Sean Evans as he interviews them.

In this specific video, we see Rippon open up about his past as a baseball player, his expectations and disappointments from the 2018 Winter Olympics, and his experiences as a figure skater.

But most importantly, Rippon takes on the challenge of eating some of the spiciest hot sauces around.

Want to see how Rippon does? Check out the video down below.

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