Kristian Ipsen is a young man rising quickly up the world of diving. At a Bay Area meet yesterday, Ipsen received a perfect score: 10s from all five judges. He was recently named to the USA Diving roster, teamed up with Troy Dumais in the men's 3-meter synchro. He recently beat Dumais for gold at the USA Diving Spring Nationals. The kid's on fire.
He's an emerging world-class athlete and will likely be an Olympic athlete in three years. And he's 16 years old. In some states he is past the age of consent, but in his home state of California he is not (it's 18 there). Now comes the question. Is it OK to say he's hot? Is it OK to say he's cute? And does that apply to random fans? Publications like Outsports? Does the fact that he's a world-class athlete change any of that? I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this.