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Before Rippon even arrived in PyeongChang, he made waves when he spoke out about the decision to have Vice President Mike Pence lead the United States delegation to the Games in an interview with USA Today Sports. He criticized the choice, citing a number of anti-gay positions Pence has taken over the years. The brouhaha spilled onto Twitter, where Rippon doubled down on his remarks, prompting an invite from the VP to meet face-to-face, which the skater reportedly declined.
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."