Rest assured: Adam Rippon‘s butt is 100 percent real. The figure skater, 28, is currently competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and his perfectly round posterior is lighting up Twitter with people wondering if Rippon enhances his shape with butt pads. But luckily, he cleared the air on that back in December. “There’s been a lot questions to whether I compete with butt pads on and I’d like to set the record straight and let it be known that no, it’s just my real butt. Thank you for your interest, comments, and concern. Love you,” Rippon tweeted on Dec. 9. Keep Following PEOPLE’s Complete Coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics He elaborated further on this important issue during an interview with Access Hollywood ahead of the games. “It is all natural, yes,” Rippon
Figure skater Adam Rippon has officially wrapped his first Olympic competitions — and he tells PEOPLE he’s likely to celebrate with a “stiff drink.” The 28-year-old, who made history as the first openly gay man to compete for America in the Winter Games, has become the toast of Twitter in recent weeks, as much thanks to his strong showing in the skating team event as for his quick-tongued social media presence. Hollywood, too, has taken notice, with Rippon exchanging messages with the likes of Zach Braff, Reese Witherspoon and other stars. But all of that — the personality-driven spotlight, the plaudits from celebrities, the thousands and thousands of retweets — is secondary to the skating, and it’s his skating that gave Rippon reason to smile. “I came here as an athlete, I came here as at
The “quad king” reigns. Eighteen-year-old U.S. figure skating champion Nathan Chen rebounded from back-to-back disappointments at his first two Olympic skates to land, in his final competitive appearance the PyeongChang Winter Games, something that no one here has ever done before: six quadruple jumps in a single routine. After finishing his free skate, the crowd in South Korea’s Gangneung Ice Arena roared to their feet for a standing ovation as Chen appeared visibly overcome with relief in the middle of the rink. Gold medalist Tara Lipinski, providing commentary for NBC, declared, “He’s superhuman.” Such a quad-heavy performance earned him a score of 215.08, which combined with his middling short program score of 82.27, gave Chen a total of 297.35 — strong enough for the No. 1 so far (as
An upstanding example of what the Olympics are about. Cross-country skier German Madrazo of Mexico may have finished last during his Olympic freestyle event Thursday, but he and his fellow competitors are making headlines for showing the utmost sportsmanship. Christof Stache / AFP / Getty Images In Pyeongchang, Madrazo completed the men's 15-kilometer cross-country freestyle in 116th place. The 43-year-old only started cross-country skiing last year, after reading an article about the sport in a magazine. At the finish, his fellow skiers and competitors from Colombia, Tonga, Morocco, and Portugal waited to congratulate him and give him a proper hero's welcome. Matthias Hangst / Gett...
Relief: That’s what Adam Rippon said he was feeling after he finished his second of three skates at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, on Friday afternoon (Thursday night stateside). Having already helped Team USA win bronze in the team figure skating event, Rippon’s short program in the men’s individual competition briefly put him at the top of the group, with a total score of 87.95, before he was bumped down to third by Dmitri Aliev (an Olympic athlete from Russia) and Canada’s Patrick Chan. However, speaking to reporters after leaving the rink, and with his ultimate placement still undecided as the other men continued to skate, Rippon said he was “so happy with what I was able to do” — delivering a skate, set to “Let Me Think About It,” that immediately got social media
Nathan Chen fell last week and he has not stopped falling. The 18-year-old two-time national figure skating champion took the ice on Friday afternoon at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, for the second of two short programs, this time in the men’s individual event Though he improved on his total score, earning an 82.27 compared to an 80.61 for his short program last week in the figure skating team event, he fell twice and slipped almost from the start. Speaking to the press afterward, Chen said he “made as many mistakes as I possibly could have.” Nicknamed the “quad king” for his historic ability to land a string of quadruple jumps in a single routine, he came into these Games as America’s likeliest shot at the podium in the men’s figure skating event. But his Olympic deb
Bobsledder Aja Evans isn’t set to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics until Tuesday. And while she’s mostly filling her days training and cheering on her teammates and soaking up the area of Pyeongchang, South Korea, she did make time for one special outing: going to see Marvel’s Black Panther. The superhero film was released in South Korea on Wednesday and opens in American theaters on Friday. It has generated massive buzz stateside thanks to largely glowing reviews (and, unique among Marvel’s slate of movies, a predominantly black cast), and it’s on track to rake in hundreds of millions at the box office. On Thursday, Evans, 29, posted to her Instagram story from inside the theater, captioning one photo: “#BlackPanther was amazing!!!!” (She added a fire emoji for good measure.) Along wit
Vincent Zhou just made history! The 17-year-old skater landed the first ever quad Lutz in the Olympics! Get to know this talented star better!
Jamie Anderson just made Olympic history as the first female snowboarder to earn two gold medals — not to mention they were in the same event — but she still hasn’t “really gotten to soak everything in,” she tells PEOPLE. “I plan on celebrating when I get back to Cali,” Anderson, a 27-year-old native of South Lake Tahoe, California, said in an interview Tuesday, one day after her first-place finish in the women’s slopestyle event at the 2018 Winter Olympics. “I think we’re going to do a big United party in San Francisco with my partner airline, and my brother’s a firefighter in Tahoe and they want to do a local parade where all my friends and family can kind of come out and celebrate,” says Anderson, who is also sponsored by Downy (which she name-checks as helping keep her “good on the go”
American figure skater Vincent Zhou has been quietly making his mark on the ice while on his way to the Winter Olympics, and the teenager says a berth at the Games is a dream come true. Zhou, 17, showed the world he a force in the skating world after a massive showing last year, which saw him become the first junior in history to land a quadruple lutz, which blazed his path to winning the 2017 World Junior Championships, 2017 Bavarian Open championships, and earning silver at the 2017 U.S. National and bronze at the 2018 U.S. National. All of that has helped place him on the verge of his debut appearance at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. “The Olympics is …,” Zhou told PEOPLE prior to the Games, “it’s what I’ve been dreaming of.” The Palo Alto, California, native was introduced to the