Bodysuit worn by Adam Rippon at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games

Bodysuit worn by Adam Rippon at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games

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Description (Brief)
Bodysuit worn by Adam Rippon at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games as part of the costume he wore during the men's free skate. The bodysuit has been airbrushed in blues, greens and teals with similar colored sequins applied throughout to resemble feathers, as he skated to “Arrival of the Birds” by The Cinematic Orchestra from the Crimson Wing soundtrack and “O (Fly On)” by Coldplay. This is worn with a pair of dark blue pants and black skates, 2018.0219.02 and 2018.0219.03.
With his bronze medal win in the team competition at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, Adam Rippon made history by becoming the first openly gay, American athlete to win a medal in the Winter Olympics. Skating since age ten, Rippon had always set specific goals for himself and winning gold through four junior championships was a good start. Struggling from the pressure winning brings, his performance before the 2014 Sochi Games was less than stellar and was devastated when he did not make the Olympic team. Failure, however, seemed his best remedy and Rippon was soon skating with purpose, winning the 2017 US National Championships and cementing his spot on the 2018 Olympic team. He attributes coming out in his early twenties as a catalyst for helping him succeed as an elite athlete and is a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights. After his Olympic winning performance, Rippon went on to win Dancing with the Stars with his partner Jenna Johnson and says he will continue to perform in some way or another.
The 2018 Winter Olympics, also known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad were held in PyeongChang, South Korea with 92 countries, 1,680 men and 1,242 women athletes participating. These Games saw the debut of four new events including big air snowboarding and mixed doubles curling and was the first Winter Games that awarded more than 100 medals. The “Olympic Athletes of Russia” (OAR) team was assembled by those Russian athletes not affected by the 2014 Russian doping scandal at the 2014 Games. US figure skater Nathan Chen was the first competitor to land five quadruple jumps in one program helping the men’s team win the bronze. Teammate Adam Rippon became the first openly gay American to win a medal in the Winter Olympics. Norway won the medal count with 39.
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Object Name
bodysuit, olympics
date made
Rippon, Adam
Physical Description
fabric, nylon (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 29 in x 17 in; 73.66 cm x 43.18 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Figure skating
LGBTQ Rights
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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