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Adam Rippon donates Olympic figure skating costume to Smithsonian

U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon donated his costume from the 2018 Olympic Games to the Smithsonian American History Museum.

Rippon — the first openly gay athlete selected to a U.S. Winter Olympic team — tweeted on Monday about dropping off the outfit he wore during February’s games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

{mosads}“I officially donated my Olympic costume to the @smithsonian today. Pretty cool to soon have something on display in the American History Museum,” Rippon tweeted.

“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History yesterday acquired the figure skates and costume from bronze medalist figure skater Adam Rippon which he wore during his free skate in the figure skating team event in 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. At this point, dates for a display have not been determined,” the Smithsonian American History Museum told The Hill in a statement.

He also joked about one of the museum’s most iconic attractions — a pair of ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz.”

“Now, I just need to convince someone that they need to be next to the ruby slippers,” Rippon wrote.

The museum has one of several pairs Garland wore during filming of the 1939 film, and the FBI announced earlier this month that another pair were recovered after being stolen during a 2005 burglary. 

Rippon made headline during the competition when he reportedly refused a meeting with Vice President Pence after the vice president’s staff reached out following his criticism of Pence’s stance on LGBT rights.

He added that Pence “doesn’t really stand for anything I believe in,” asserting that the vice president supported “gay conversion therapy.”

Pence’s office has denied he believes in “gay conversion therapy.”

Rippon, who helped Team USA take a bronze medal in the team figure skating event, later boycotted a visit to the White House.

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