Clinton 'excited' that Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy are 1st openly gay US Winter Olympians

Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy will make history at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"I'm going to watch as much as I can see," the former Secretary of State told attendees at the Makers conference in Los Angeles, via satellite from New York City. "I love the Winter Olympics. I love the athleticism and the stories of our athletes."

"So I'm going to be there cheering them on, whether it's skating or skiing or anything else," Clinton said. "Although I have to tell you, I shut my eyes at the luge or the skeleton. That's too scary. But I will open them to see who's won."

And in that Clinton-esque tone she uses to energize a crowd, she concluded, "So let's cheer our Olympians on and let's take the Olympic spirit of trying to bring people together and fight for what's right."

In a 2000 statement on his congressional campaign website, Pence said, "Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior." During the 2016 election campaign, however, Pence's spokesman said he does not support the concept.

During an interview with USA Today last month, Rippon said of Pence's involvement with the Olympics, "You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon said. "I’m not buying it."

On Friday morning though, as press reports circulated that there was tension between Pence and Rippon, the vice president took to Twitter, and wrote, "@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get 'em!"

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