It led some viewers to complain that Rippon had been robbed of a gold or silver medal, but it all comes down to figure skating's complex scoring system.
At the time a meeting with Pence and the figure skater didn't materialize. This is not an National Basketball Association athlete who's had PR coaching since he got out of high school.
Yet, even as he has daily announced his distaste for Donald Trump and Mike Pence, Rippon pleaded for Pence not to be a "distraction" for the Olympics and insisted that he didn't want his "Olympic experience to be about Mike Pence".
"If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren't a friend of a gay person but that they think that they're sick", Rippon continued.
Herewith, a few of our favorite Rippon quotes thus far.
Rippon's comments appear to refer to Pence's 2000 congressional campaign website on which the then-candidate said he believed resources should be "directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior". "I said, 'I know, I'm like America's sweetheart'". "I'm just an Olympian", Rippon said.
"I'm like a witch!" What did you think?' And they're like, 'Oh, I just thought you were an asshole'. "I keep coming back every year, and every year I get better!"
But Rippon has also said that he doesn't regret speaking out. And I think maybe that's what people are kind of latching onto, that my story's different. "And I'm not, like, upset, I'm disappointed". "I go out there; I'm not only representing myself but my coaches, my country, and my teammates - and that's how I stay focused". "Like Reese Witherspoon tweeting about Adam Rippon made my year".
Last night, in a post-skate interview with Mike Tirico, he had this gem to share about his nerves: "I want to throw up". But at the same time, I have this awesome opportunity to go out onto the ice and show people, 'Hey, I'm a really serious athlete.' I have this huge personality, but I can put that all together, and that's what gives me strength to go out there in front of millions of people and skate.
The long-exposure technique is similar to the one that photographer Cameron Spencer used to take this now-famous photo of Jamaican runner Usain Bolt during the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
"While you were busy being heterosexual, I studied the blade".