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Adam Rippon’s Olympic sequins will light up the Smithsonian

Rippon has donated his Olympic free-skate outfit to the Smithsonian. He was the first out gay man to compete in the Winter Games.

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Adam Rippon’s glittery Olympic outfit is headed to the Smithsonian for all eternity.
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Adam Rippon is sending his glitter to the Smithsonian.

The openly gay Olympic figure skater shared on Instagram earlier this week that he was packing up his outfit from the 2018 Olympic free skate and donating it to the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Smithsonian Institution is a series of museums and research centers run by the United States Federal government and owns over 150 million items, only a fraction of which is on display for the public. No doubt Rippon’s outfit will get its time in the sun soon. The ruby-slippers-glittery-Adam display would certainly be a crowd-pleaser!

Rippon’s outfit is a great choice for the museum. His free skate in the team program helped catapult the United States to a bronze medal in the event and launched Rippon into superstardom. That performance was also the first time a publicly out gay man competed in the Winter Olympics.