On Monday morning in South Korea, Team USA snagged the bronze medal in the team figure skating event at the PyeongChang games with help from the ice dancing #ShibSibs, triple axel-slaying Mirai Nagasu and Olympic newbie Adam Rippon (a.k.a. everyone's favorite).
The 28-year-old Rippon made his Olympic debut wearing the most sparkly of all sparkle skating outfit, and performed his free skate program pretty much perfectly. He ended up in third place among the men (which is a whole other story, tbh). Back to the skating, yay:
There were spins and turns and delightful step sequences; also of notice on the ice, however: Rippon's butt.
Specifically, whether or not he was wearing butt pads.
Look, this would be entirely reasonable because skaters often fall over during their performances (although Rippon did not, thxvm) and nobody wants to get a bruised tailbone. But there's no padding at play, OK!? And as People noted this afternoon, Rippon already addressed the matter of butt pads in two different tweets way back in December:
"It is all natural, yes," Rippon also clarified with Access Hollywood before the games. “One time someone said, ‘Oh you skated so well but were the butt pads necessary?’ And I was like, 'hmm, alright, I’ll let it slide.' And then someone tried to defend me and they were like, ‘Well, they’re probably there for safety!’ and I was like, 'oh boy, we [do] need to clarify something.'”
I mean, people are definitely into it.
And there you have it! Rippon is most definitely not wearing butt pads on the ice. Sorry haters, it's all real. But actually though, I'm not sorry at all.