U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon — the first openly gay U.S. athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics — said he would now accept a call from Vice President Mike Pence.
“I was offered a phone call with the vice president that I decided not to take before the games,” Rippon told the “Today” show.
“I didn’t take the phone call because I needed to focus on the competition.”
Rippon has been critical of Pence during the Olympics, claiming that the vice president backs “gay conversion therapy.” Pence’s office has refuted that claim.
“Mike Pence doesn’t stand for anything that I was taught when I grew up, and I think that it’s important if you’re given the platform to speak up for those who don’t have a voice,” Rippon told the “Today” show.