American ice dancers Evan Bates and Madison Chock skated to a season’s best on Monday (Sunday night stateside) in their first routine at the 2018 Winter Olympics, ending in seventh place to advance to the event’s second half on Tuesday. It was, all things considered, an energetic performance to be proud of, Bates later told reporters — in addition to everything else because Chock has for months been dealing with a foot injury that flared up again during their warmup, minutes before they took the ice. “We just had a weird moment on the lift, actually. It was the exact same thing that we did that originally injured my foot, and so that was just kind of traumatic,” Chock said afterward. “I think considering everything, considering the stumble in the warmup and the pain that Maddie’s competed
After winning the hearts of Americans on the ice — and on Twitter — Adam Rippon will be staying in PyeongChang, South Korea, as a contributor for NBC for the remainder of the 2018 Winter Olympics. NBC spokesman Greg Hughes told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday that the 28-year-old figure skater, who helped the USA bring home a bronze medal in the team competition, will work on a variety of platforms, including television, digital and social media. Rippon has become something of a social media sensation, both among spectators at home and celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Sally Field, who are charmed by his drive, wit and candor. Already a history-maker for being the first openly gay athlete to compete for America in the Winter Olympics, Rippon has not shied away from the role fame gives him
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
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!
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
All hail Queen Yuna. The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off tonight in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with people trying to guess who would be lighting the cauldron with the Olympic flame. Sam Mellish / Getty Images It turned out they were right! Pool / Getty Images Kim — who retired from professional figure skating after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi — appeared on an ice rink at the top of the stadium in her skates. Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images She performed a routine before proceeding to light the cauldron with the Olympic flame. Franck Fife / AFP / Getty Images All while in her
Chris Knierim, who was raised in Ramona, won a Olympic bronze medal as part of the U.S team in the figure skating team event that concluded Sunday in Gangneung, South Korea. Knierim, a pairs skater whose partner is his wife, Alexa Scimeca Knierim, did not skate Sunday (California time). Their portion of the program ended […]