Alex And Maia Shibutani Reveal How They Cheer On Pal Adam Rippon During Competition

"Let it rip!"

Not only were the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics about everyone coming together to celebrate all things sports, the games were also a great chance for athletes to make friends from all around the world. Case in point: Alex and Maia Shibutani.

A Plus caught up with the siblings — who snagged two bronze medals apiece in South Korea — to ask about some of their fellow Team USA pals and a few other familiar faces from the Olympics, such as Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue (the chemistry-abound Canadian ice skating duo), Pita Taufatofua (aka Tonga's shirtless flag-bearer), and Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir (former ice skating Olympians-turned-NBC commentators).

"I mean, he always has words — that's for sure. We've known Adam for almost our entire skating career," Alex said of breakthrough Olympic ice skater Adam Rippon, with Maia saying it's been about 14 or 15 years. "We're good friends with him, we love traveling with him. When he skates I say, 'Let it rip' or I shout, 'Let it rip!' He always keeps it light and it was awesome to win a medal with him on team event at the Olympics."

Alex and Maia also touched on a few other U.S. athletes they've known for varying amounts of time but whose abilities they are constantly impressed with, such as skiers Lindsey Vonn and Gus Kenworthy, as well as snowboarder Chloe Kim.

"I think a lot of people talk about the triple axel with Mirai, but she's been one of our best friends in skating and we've seen each other grow up," Alex said about fellow ice skater Mirai Nagasu, who Maia said they've known for what "feels like forever." "The amount of support we were able to show for each other at the Olympics was really special."

To see what Alex and Maia had to say about all athletes mentioned, be sure to watch the video above.


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