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    Audiences won’t be seeing much more of Adam Rippon during the 2018 Winter Olympics after all. USA Today previously reported that the 28-year-old figure skater had accepted a job as a correspondent with NBC, but it appears Rippon has changed his mind. >> Read more trending news  Rippon’s decision to decline the offer stems from the fact that he would have to relinquish certain privileges were he to make the jump from Olympian to TV correspondent. “I am so flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent, but if I took this opportunity, I would have to leave the Olympic team and I would have to leave the (Olympic) Village,” Rippon initially said in an interview with NBC Sports Network, via USA Today. “It’s so important to me, you know. I worked so hard to be on this Olympic team, and my teammates and my friends were there for me during my events, and that meant so much to me, that I really feel like I need to be there for them during their events.” Related: 2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Adam Rippon? Rippon said on Twitter he found out about the offer on the social media platform. He also repeated similar comments about his decision to turn down the offer. Rippon, the first openly gay athlete to qualify for the Winter Olympics, has garnered the attention of milllions through his candid and colorful interviews. He earned a bronze medal in team competition, and he finished in 10th place in the singles competition, a big accomplishment that has left him extremely proud. “To come away from this Olympic Games to skate three clean programs in the midst of what seems like a lot going on, and a top-10 finish in the individual event and a bronze medal (in the team event), I think this is sort of like a dream Olympic Games for me,” Rippon told reporters after his men’s free skate event Saturday. “I think I’ve shown the world that I’m a fierce competitor, but I think I’ve shown them that I’m also a fierce human being.” While he’s used his platform as an Olympic athlete to speak out against Vice President Mike Pence and his stances on the LGBT community, Rippon doesn’t want his sexuality to distract from the person he is. “I’ve gotten a lot of attention I think just for being myself. I think that a lot of people, when they come to a competition, are afraid to be themselves no matter who they are,” he said. “I think one thing that I want people to come away with from this competition is that I’m not a gay icon or America’s gay sweetheart — I’m just America’s sweetheart, and I’m just an icon. And if you have a personality like mine, it’s for everybody.”
  • In one of the strangest stories that we’ve seen out of the 2018 Winter Olympics, beloved bear Winnie the Pooh is making a comeback. >> Olympic figure skater Paul Fentz wows with 'Game of Thrones' costume The lovable bear is the unofficial mascot of Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu. Every time Hanyu takes to the ice, he keeps a stuffed bear on the side of the rink for good luck, often bowing to the toy before performing, Time magazine reported. Fans know of Hanyu's love for the character and throw Winnie the Pooh bears onto the rink. The carefree bear has proved to be a pretty effective spirit animal for Hanyu, who is considered by some to be the best figure skater in history. >> Visit WPXI.com for complete coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics And the bears aren’t wasted, either. After Hanyu leaves the ice, the stuffed animals are collected and donated to local charities. Too racy for the Olympics? Figure skaters Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir tone down controversial lift The 23-year-old won a gold medal in Pyeongchang on Saturday, making him the first male skater since 1952 to win back-to-back Olympic golds. In a New York Times profile of the star, the paper wrote that thousands of Hanyu’s fans traveled to South Korea to see him compete. Some of them wore Winnie the Pooh hats while others donned Winnie the Pooh costumes. >> Olympic figure skater Yura Min suffers wardrobe malfunction, handles it with class >> Read more trending news  And the story of Hanyu’s gold medal performance has the kind of storybook twists and turns that you might expect from something a lot more dramatic than Winnie the Pooh. In the months leading up the games, when he should have been entering his final round of preparation, Hanyu suffered an injury to his ankle that threatened his performance. But, in a comeback story for the ages, the Japanese star managed to return with a vengeance, cementing himself as the greatest ice skater in the world. And, Winnie the Pooh was there on the sidelines for the entire thing.
  • “Game of Thrones” fans from around the world were loving German Olympic figure skater Paul Fentz’s costume at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. >> Visit WPXI.com for complete coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics Fentz was clearly not on the fence when it came to a tribute to the character Jaime Lannister, and neither were people on the internet when it came to voicing positive opinions about it. >> Too racy for the Olympics? Figure skaters Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir tone down controversial lift The Olympian also skated to the “Game of Thrones” soundtrack. Here's what fans had to say: >> Olympic figure skater Yura Min suffers wardrobe malfunction, handles it with class Even commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir were into it. >> Read more trending news  “It was not his best, but a Lannister always pays his debts,” Lipinski said. “This music gets me.”
  • Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States has won the gold medal in the women's giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics. >> MORE: Who is Mikaela Shiffrin? | Photo gallery >> Read more trending news 
  • He’s not even competing this year, but Michael Phelps is making Olympic headlines. The record-holding medal-winner announced via Instagram that his family has added another bundle of joy. Phelp’s wife Nicole gave birth to the couple’s second son, Beckett Richard Phelps, the “Today” show reported. The Olympian made the announcement via Instagram. The couple’s first son, Boomer, is 1 and can be seen holding his little brother, USAToday reported. “Boomer” posted to “his” Instagram account too, saying he can’t wait to hold the newborn. >> Read more trending news  Phelps is the most decorated Olympian, CNN reported. According to Olympics officials, Phelps has been awarded 23 gold, three silver and two bronze medals over his career as an Olympian. He competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Games.
  • If you watched Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s routine Sunday at the Winter Olympics, you know exactly where this is going. >> Olympic figure skater Yura Min suffers wardrobe malfunction, handles it with class A controversial move of theirs, a lift from their “Moulin Rouge!”-inspired free program routine, was apparently a little too racy for the Olympics, and they altered it for their performance in Pyeongchang. The maneuver in question has Virtue straddle Moir’s shoulders while facing him. >> See the original move here >> Click here to see the altered move (at 2:09) “What it came down to, actually, was that when we slowed it down and looked on the video, it wasn’t aesthetically that beautiful of a position, so we wanted to change it, make it a little bit better,” Moir told The Toronto Star. Moir has reportedly called the move “suggestive” after it made headlines following the pair’s victory at the 2018 Canadian National Skating Championships in January. >> Mirai Nagasu first U.S. female skater to land triple axel at Olympics “We wanted to make a bit of a different statement, and if that was bringing a certain edge or sexuality or darkness or a contemporary feeling to it, mission accomplished, I guess,” Virtue said at the Vancouver championships, according to The Star. The adjustment the couple showed off in their opening performance Sunday, which pushed Canada to win the gold medal in team figure skating, had Virtue straddle Moir’s shoulders for a shorter time before she closed the maneuver with a single-dip and dismount. >> Read more trending news  Virtue and Moir reconsidered the move after The Canadian Press hesitated to distribute photos depicting the risqué lift. “I think we liked that it made a statement, and it was different and that was great for the start of the season, but for the overall vision of the program, we hope that this new position fits a little better,” Virtue told The Star.
  • Shani Davis began the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics with some controversy when he sat out of the opening ceremony. According to The Associated Press, Davis lost a coin flip to carry the U.S. flag at the ceremony. The coin flip followed a tied 4-4 vote among fellow Team USA athletes, who voted between Davis and luger Erin Hamlin. Hamilin won the toss. >> Read more trending news  The speedskater reacted to the results on his Twitter page that has since been made private. “I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022,” Davis tweeted, according to CNN. He included the hashtags  #BlackHistoryMonth2018 and #PyeongChang2018 in his tweet. Related: Shani Davis rips coin flip to determine US flag bearer at Olympics “He was not planning to march in the first place, but he reconsidered when he was faced with the possibility of being the flagbearer,” a U.S. speedskating team spokesman told CNN. Davis has not spoken to reporters after his training session Saturday, according to The AP. Tweets aside, Davis, who is competing in the 1500m and 1000m in Pyeongchang, is already a four-time Olympian. About Davis Davis made his first Olympic team in 2002, joining the short-track team as an alternate, but he didn’t race. Born in Chicago, the 35 yea-old learned how to roller skate when he was 2. He did compete in the 2006 Torino games, where he made his official debute and won the 1000m gold. The win made him the first black athlete from any country to win an individual gold medal at the Winter Games. He also won the 1500m silver. In the 2010 games, Davis repeated his wins, taking home gold in the 1000m and silver in the 1500m. After a lack luster 2014 appearance, Davis hopes to have a good run at the 2018 Olympics, which he has said will likely be his last. Other interesting facts: Set world record in 1000m in 2009 Likes to play “World of Warcraft” when not training or competing
  • Mirai Nagasu made history in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games as the first American woman to land a triple axel. The Montebello, California, native returned to the 2018 games after making her debut at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. >> Read more trending news  Nagasu started skating at age 5, when her parents took her to an ice rink instead of a golf course on a rainy day. Earlier in her career, Nagasu was comparted to Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan. When she was 14, she won the gold medal at the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, making her the second-youngest female skater to have that title. She took home the silver medal at the Championships in 2010, earning her a spot at the Vancouver Olympics. Although she finished third at the 2014 Championships, the U.S. Figure Skating federation placed Ashley Wagner, who finished fourth, on the Sochi Olympics team. Other interesting facts: Studying international business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs  Has three rescue dogs named Lincoln, Liberty and Lexi Scuba-certified
  • What would one of the largest international events be without a few wardrobe malfunctions here and there? Yura Min of South Korea might have an idea as her Olympics debut kicked off with some inconvenience. >> Mirai Nagasu first U.S. women’s skater to land triple axel at Olympics The moment that would leave anyone horrified began only seconds into her performance with ice dancing partner Alexander Gamelin when the top of her costume disconnected in the back. >> French skater takes Beyoncé to the ice at Olympics One Twitter user thought this was the sporting world’s annual televised wardrobe malfunction. >> On WPXI.com: Complete coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics Min handled the setback like a true Olympian, adjusting her clothing and continuing her performance. >> Read more trending news  “I didn’t stop,” she told the Detroit Free Press. “I went from the beginning to the end. I didn’t stop because you get a deduction if you stop in the middle of a program. In my head, I was thinking, ‘Is it better to stop and fix it and get the deduction or keep going?'” She and Gamelin came in ninth out of 10 teams. A few of the adjustments cost them some points. >> On Rare.us: Marvel teamed up with the U.S. Olympic ski team to produce some truly heroic suits “Anytime she brought her shoulders in, it came down,” Gamelin said. “I only noticed it halfway through. During our twizzle, it came off her shoulder, all of the way. She had to stop and pull it back up, and that cost us a bunch of points. It wasn’t because we were skating poorly.” (H/T HuffPost)
  • Members of the U.S. Olympic ski team have some iconic costumes to help them on their path to victory at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. >> 2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Lindsey Vonn? They’ve always been heroes, but now they’re superheroes! Thanks to a partnership with Disney’s Marvel property, the athletes have been kitted out in outfits based on famous Marvel superheroes like Captain Marvel and Captain America. And, as you can see for yourself, they look pretty heroic. >> Olympic figure skater Yura Min suffers wardrobe malfunction, handles it with class Here’s Lindsey Vonn rocking a Captain America suit: >> On WPXI.com: Complete coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics And here’s Laurenne Ross in her Captain Marvel get-up: >> 2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Mikaela Shiffrin? And here’s Mikaela Shiffrin wearing the same thing: The suits are a collaboration between Spyder, the official apparel provider for the United States Ski Team through 2020, and Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. >> On Rare.us: Meet the Team USA luge racing star who’s heating up the 2018 Winter Olympics “We’re thrilled to be working with Marvel in bringing their superheroes to life with the U.S. Ski Team and beyond,” said Brady Collings, vice president of marketing for Spyder, per The Mary Sue. “Given Marvel’s inspirational impact around the world, we have an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the U.S. Ski Team as well as our ambassadors in a broad-reaching way.” >> Read more trending news  “Avengers: Infinity War” is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 4, 2018, in IMAX and 3D. The sequel is scheduled to be released May 3, 2019.