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USA Today nominates Adam Rippon for political office

Rippon has been thoughtful and outspoken when publicly sharing his perspective on political issues.

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Adam Rippon spoke at a political rally in Massachusetts in October.
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In honor of Election Day earlier this week, USA Today took a look across the sports world to find some personalities they felt were ready, willing and able to take the plunge into politics. In addition to such superstars as LeBron James and Serena Williams, the “12 sports figures who would make great politicians” list featured one LGBTQ athlete: figure skater Adam Rippon.

USA Today’s reasoning post-Olympics:

But it was his political statements that kept him in the spotlight. He voiced concern in a USA TODAY Sports column about Vice President Mike Pence being chosen to lead the U.S. delegation at the Pyeongchang Games, citing what he perceived to be Pence’s support for anti-gay legislation and policies.

At a Boston political rally in October, Rippon said: “I’ve always thought one day I would run for office.”

Rippon is incredibly well-spoken and very willing to speak his mind. When I interviewed him earlier this year he spoke clearly and eloquently about his political perspectives.

The Olympic medalist would certainly be quite the addition to Sacramento or D.C.