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‘America’s sweetheart’ Adam Rippon donates his Olympic costume to the Smithsonian

Adam Rippon arrives at the ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Willy Sanjuan / Invision)
Adam Rippon arrives at the ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Willy Sanjuan / Invision)
By Helena Andrews-Dyer Washington Post

WASHINGTON – Figure skater Adam Rippon, the bronze medalist whose sparkle endeared fans at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, is adding another feather to his hat.

The 28-year-old announced on Twitter earlier this week he has donated one of his Olympic costumes – a bejeweled, blue-green, long-sleeved top, skin tight black pants and skates – to the National Museum of American History. The museum does not have immediate plans to display the glittery outfit, but the outspoken Rippon has some suggestions about its placement.

“Now, I just need to convince someone that they need to be next to the ruby slippers,” the “Dancing With the Stars” champion tweeted.

Since 1979, the museum has continuously displayed a pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film version of “The Wizard of Oz.” The sequined slippers underwent more than a year of conservation in 2017 and will return to public viewing in October.

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