And while it's clear Rippon doesn't regret speaking out, he does wish the story wasn't overshadowing his reason for being at the Olympics. In a press conference on Tuesday, he said as much.
"I have no problem about what I've said because I stand by it, but I think right now the Olympics are about Olympic competition," he said. "It's brought a lot of attention to my other teammates and I don't want it to distract from them. I don't want my Olympic experience being about Mike Pence."