Figure skating always captures the hearts and minds of Americans every four years. The grace and beauty of it are stunning. U.S. participant Adam Rippon put on an excellent performance Sunday night, and after finishing his event, he spoke with NBC’s Mike Tirico. Rippon and Tirico had themselves one interesting conversation.
— Rachel Rose Gold (@RachelRoseGold1) February 12, 2018
Here is the transcript of the pertinent exchange:
Tirico: On the ice, you see the rings, what’s going through your mind?
Rippon: I want to throw up. I want to go over to the judges and say, “Can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink? I’ll be fine.” But I kept it together.
It has many up in arms for talking about a prescription drug so flippantly. On the other hand, many believe that the comment was in jest. Regardless, Rippon is a sensation in America after his name trended worldwide as the top story on Twitter.
One thing is for sure, Rippon just made the 2018 Winter Olympics that much more interesting. And we thank him all the more for it.