Winter Olympics 2018: Proud Reese Witherspoon and Adam Rippon joke about doing a movie together

Adam Rippon celebrates after competing in the Figure Skating Team Event Men's Single Free Skating (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Olympic ice skater Adam Rippon delighted millions when he took a bronze medal for Team USA at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Monday.

Skating to Coldplay’s “O” and “Arrival of the Birds” by Cinematic Orchestra, Rippon was awarded a score of 172.98, giving the team an extra eight points.

And it seems there have been some very well known faces cheering him on as he skated to success in South Korea.

ctor Reese Witherspoon (Getty Images for Turner)

Reese Witherspoon, famous her roles in the likes of Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama, took to Twitter to back the openly gay athlete.

Ahead of his performance she wrote online that he was the best reason to watch.

Rippon soon replied – and clearly couldn’t contain his excitement.

Concurring with Witherspoon’s opinion, he even hit back with an excellent new movie suggestion.

“WHEN YOURE RIGHT, YOURE RIGHT, @RWitherspoon ❤️❤️❤️,” he wrote.

“Also!! Quick movie idea for you: You (played by you) tweet me in the middle of the night at the Olympics and I (played by me) die immediately. Thoughts?”

Speaking after taking bronze in the first contest, Rippon said: “There are so many emotions when I step on the ice. I want to represent my country to the best of my abilities.

“I want to make Reese Witherspoon proud.”

A few hours later she confirmed the good news, writing to her more than two million followers: “You make me so proud! Keep making us all so happy!”

Speaking after his performance, Rippon said: “I want to throw up. I want to go over to the judges and say, ‘Can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink? I’ll be fine.’ But I kept it together.”

Canadian skater Patrick Chan took first place, followed by Russian skater Mikhail Kolyada – competing under an international banner.

The team figure skating event amalgamates scores from several different individual skates – and Rippon’s performance along with their others was enough to earn Team USA a bronze medal.

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Rippon was on the Winter Olympic team in 2014 but he didn’t get the chance to compete.

Speaking about working towards the 2018 games, he said that he had “worked my entire life for this moment”.

US skater Adam Rippon practices at Gangneung Ice Arena ahead of the team event of the men's figure skating before the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Gangneungon (Photo by MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)


“My mom has always taught me to stand up for what I believe in, and that has given my skating a greater purpose.

“So I go out there and I’m not only representing myself, I’m representing my coaches, I’m representing my country and I’m representing my teammates. So I remember that and that’s how I stay focused,” he said.