Freestyle skiing: Kenworthy doesn't want Pence 'distraction'

Freestyle skiing: Kenworthy doesn't want Pence 'distraction'

The 26-year-old Kenworthy is one of two openly gay men on Team USA competing at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The figure skater reportedly turned down a meeting with Pence that the vice president hoped to arrange in response to Rippon's criticism.

"If he's okay with what's being said about people and Americans and foreigners and about different countries that are being called 'shitholes, ' I think he should really go to church".

The British-born freestyle skier told an American T.V. show last week that Pence was ill-suited to lead the USA delegation and posted a dig at the former IN governor on Instagram after Friday's opening ceremony. "To stand by some of the things that Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he's a devout Christian man is completely contradictory".

"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".

Pence reached out to the Olympian following the original comments.

Asked what he'd do if he happened to run into Pence, Kenworthy replied: "Well I guess we'll see how I handle it. I'm excited for Adam and all the other out athletes here".

Skating to Coldplay's "O" and "Arrival of the Birds" by Cinematic Orchestra, Rippon was awarded a score of 172.98, giving the team an extra eight points.

"If I had the chance to meet him afterwards, after I'm finished competing, there might be a possibility to have an open conversation", Rippon said.

"I think the only way to really change perceptions is through visibility, is through representation", he said. "I thought [coming out as gay] was going to isolate me", he reveals.

Kenworthy appeared on the Ellen show last week and also criticised the Vice President saying: 'To have somebody leading the delegation that has directly attacked the LGBTQ community... just seems like a bad fit. But more than that, my mom has always taught me to stand up what I believe in and that has given my skating a greater objective.