Openly-gay figure skaters on the competitive level, as it so happens, aren’t as common as one might assume. Johnny Weir never came out while hunting for Olympic medals, and at this point I don’t even care what Brian Boitano would do. That’s been changing, thanks to a different world, a new generation, and the brave efforts of such notable heroes like Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy, and Simon Dunn. Add to that lovely group Eric Radford, a pairs figure skater who is scheduled to compete in the Winter Olympics this year. He is the Hunk of the Day for his trailblazing ways on and off the ice.
Sass and ass. That sums up just two of the powerful attributes of one Adam Rippon in this, his second Hunk of the Day feature. Whether it’s powering through a quad or taking on our hate-filled hypocritical Vice President with casual gusto, Rippon has demonstrated he has the guts to win the glory. He fought through a difficult Nationals program to earn his spot on the Olympic roster (headlined by Nathan Chen), and the past year of competition has more than proven him worthy of contention. He’ll bring his special brand of power and pizzazz to the Olympic games next month, and he’s already illustrated that he is One to Watch.
With his arsenal of quads and a strong year of competition behind him, Nathan Chen heads to Korea for the Winter Olympics as a very viable contender for a figure skating medal. He’s been skating since he was three years old, and the key to his success seems to be that skating has always been an act of enjoyment and never a chore. So much of the world would be so much happier if we followed his lead and did what brought us joy. Today he is honored as Hunk of the Day.
We are in the final wild throes of football season, and though I know little to nothing of what’s going on (the Patriots are in it again, right?) here is a football player who may or may not have anything to do with the Super Bowl. This is Hunk of the Day Jay Cutler, to whose wife we owe a great debt for the last photo you see here. Cutler plays for the Miami Dolphins, which were my favorite teams as a boy. I just liked the aqua and orange combo, and I’ve always loved a dolphin.
A captain in the U.S. Army, Hunk of the Day Chris Vogt was planning on finishing his Olympic career at the last winter games in Sochi, at which he won a bronze medal in bobsledding. However, upon learning he would be staying in the United States instead of deploying to Kuwait, he is now poised to earn more hardware at the 2018 Olympics. This marks his first time as Hunk of the Day.
My love for alliteration is making this a Male Model Monday, as Austin Scoggin is named Hunk of the Day. Whether in black-and-white or full-blown color, Mr. Scoggin is certainly making waves in the modeling industry, with healthy accounts on Instagram and Twitter, and a number of professional gigs under his belt.
Sometimes a haircut is the difference between lunk and hunk, as proven so dramatically with this Hunk of the Day. A ginger and an Olympian, Shaun White makes his HOD debut thanks to a simple haircut and a return to the Olympic peaks he once soared and spun so effortlessly over. After bringing snowboarding to the masses and legitimizing the sport in many eyes, Mr. White is now a seasoned vet. With that wisdom comes the realization that when it’s time to cut one’s hair, it’s time. Known for the long, curly carrot mop upon his head, he earned the nickname of the ‘Flying Tomato’ as he performed seemingly-super-human feats on his snowboard. Though the hair may be shorter, the skills are still intact, and White now looks to Korea to further etch out a legacy in the Winter Games.
Gay YouTube sensation and star Doug Armstrong earns his first feature as Hunk of the Day with this post. Mr. Armstrong posted his coming out story, which I’ll put up below, and has since made regular splashes with his inspiring, comedic, and occasionally-powerful videos. He’s got a great voice and some musical prowess as well, which he showcases to fine effect on some of his videos. Definitely a promising alternative for all the dreadful news of the world.
Born in Singapore and raised somewhere near Washington, DC, Ross Butler makes his debut as Hunk of the Day. He’s appeared in various television series, including ‘K.C. Undercover’ and ’13 Reasons Why’. (I’ve long since aged beyond the target demographics of both, but some visitors haven’t. To them I say, “Enjoy!”)
There’s nothing new under the sun, particularly when it comes a male model being featured as a Hunk of the Day here. But no matter how many times it may have been done before, certain honorees like Blake Postma remind me of how everlasting the notion of beauty is, and how it brightens even the darkest day. (Then I read something like how his waist is just 31 inches and I’m traumatized all over again.)
Better known as Tank, Durrell Babbs racks up his first Hunk of the Day honor with this post. He earned his stage name in part thanks to the body he built up through sports and workouts, and his desire to take over the world. Backed with an army of his music, he’s made a name for himself not only with his own music, but by producing it for others.
I thought for sure that Armie Hammer had already been named a Hunk of the Day here. (One of the perils of outrageous beauty, or so I’ve been told, is the tendency for people to automatically expect you to have won every award there is to win. Trust me, I get it.) From his double-turn as the Winklevoss twins in ‘The Social Network’ (double the pleasure, double the fun) to his all-too-brief appearance in Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’, Mr. Hammer has been thrilling in supporting roles for some time. With the reportedly-phenomenal ‘Call Me By Your Name’ – the new movie that is making a critical splash – Hammer steps into leading man status. His short-shorts certainly don’t hurt anyone’s eyes, and if the movie is anywhere near as beautiful as the book, it’s got to be amazing. As for the glaring omission of Mr. Hammer from these parts, let this go some small way to making amends.
For our first Hunk of the Day in 2018, we traverse the pond and pick up Mr. Gorka Marquez of recent ‘Strictly Come Dancing‘ fame. I still don’t exactly know my way around the term that gives title to the dance competition show, but perhaps Mr. Marquez will explain it to me the next time I’m in London.