US figure skater Adam Rippon unimpressed by 'generic' Olympic condoms

The Pyeongchang Olympics may have broken the record for the most condoms to ever be distributed at the Winter Games, but at least one competitor — U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon — has expressed disappointment at the “generic” contraceptive. 

In an Instagram Story posted Saturday, Rippon shared some “disappointing news” with his 143,000 followers about what he referred to as the “condom drama.”

“Like, I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting. I thought maybe they’d have like Olympic rings on them or they’d be all different colors, but, no. It’s all a myth,” Rippon said, his tone deadpan.

“And I’m not, like, upset,” the 28-year-old continued, pausing for effect. “I’m disappointed.”

Rippon stressed, however, that he was taking the matter in stride. 

“It’s alright. Life isn’t always what it seems and sometimes the condoms are just generic,” he said. “And sometimes they’re not only just generic, sometimes they’re only available at the polyclinic outside the gym. And that’s okay.” 

Earlier this month, news emerged that some 110,000 condoms would be distributed at the Pyeongchang Games — the most of any Winter Olympics in history. If divvied up between the 2,925 athletes competing at the games, that works out to about 37 condoms for each one.

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22 of the most incredible photos from the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony
An elaborate fireworks display got the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony going.

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At one point it looked like sinister red flames had surrounded the stadium in Pyeongchang, which is more or less frozen solid this time of year.

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A part of the initial pageantry involved martial arts. One performer, pictured here, looked like he was pulling off moves that could have been at home in "The Matrix."

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Dancers performed choreographed routines and were joined by animals and plants, wild boar, flowers and butterflies — all living in harmony, a nod to a core Olympic value of peace.

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It did not take long for the 2012 K-pop classic 'Gangnam Style' by global sensation PSY to play.

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A close-up of some of the dancers shows how intricate the routines truly were.

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The phoenix, a mythical animal that can live for up to 1,000 years old, took centre stage. Phoenixes fly between heaven and earth and are only said to appear during times of peace.

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Here's another arresting shot of the dancers.

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Who brings flamethrowers to an Olympic party? These guys.

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Parts of the flame sequence look genuinely terrifying.

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South Korea, a nation known for its digital expertise, lit up the stadium floor like a river.

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Here's what the view from the crowd looked like during the Parade of Nations, when athletes and officials from each participating country in the games marches through the stadium.

Once the dancing was over, the athletes were thrust into the spotlight for the Parade of Nations. Here, the Nigerian team announced its arrival.

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Topless Tongan flag bearer Pita Taufatofua knew how to make an entrance in the bitter cold.

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The North Korea and South Korea Olympic teams put geopolitics to one side as the embattled nations marched under the Korean Unification flag.

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The Jamaican team, which sent athletes to compete in bobsled, has captured attention as the world looks for a "Cool Runnings" sequel.

"Cool Runnings" is a cult comedy film from 1993, loosely based on the true story of the Jamaica national bobsled team's debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Canada.

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Bermuda flag bearer Tucker Murphy joined the rest of his nation's team in wearing Bermuda shorts. In Pyeongchang. In the freezing cold.

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Lookalikes of North Korea supreme leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump gatecrashed the ceremony, and were swiftly booted out of the stadium.

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But back in the Olympic Stadium it was business as usual as two torch bearers ascend a staircase made to look like a ski slope, ready to light the Olympic cauldron.

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The view from the Olympic cauldron is not for the faint of heart.

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Here's the cauldron in all its glory.

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Let the games begin!

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According to Korea Biomedical Review, South Korean condom maker Convenience donated 100,000 of the condoms, worth more than $93,000, and the Korean Association for AIDS Prevention donated an additional 10,000.

Distribution of condoms at an Olympics is a tradition that stretches back to at least 1988, when condoms were made freely available at that year’s Summer Games in Seoul to prevent the spread of HIV, reported Time magazine. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, 100,000 condoms were distributed; two years later, at Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, 450,000 were made available.

Rippon is one of Team USA’s first two openly gay athletes competing in the Winter Olympics. He recently made headlines for reportedly refusing to meet Mike Pence over the vice president’s ant-LGBTQ record.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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