"Every moment is judged in life, and when I knew that I could lift Jenna, I knew that I could lift my own spirit," Rippon told ET's Keltie Knight who caught up with the celebrated Olympian and Johnson backstage after the show.
The pair's fun, energetic number received a rousing cacophony of applause from the audience and earned them a score of 24 out of 30 from the DWTS judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, who gave them three '8's. The couple tied for first place with NFL star Josh Norman and his pro-partner, Sharna Burgess.
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As for Johnson, this season marks her second turn as an official pro after years of being a DWTS troupe member, and with Rippon by her side she's got a fighting chance at becoming the champ.
However, Johnson said that the pair have other objectives that are more important to them than simply winning.
"This is a very competitive and you never know what's going to happen and our goal each week is to just produce epic routines," she told ET. "That's been our main goal this whole time. So yeah, competition aside, obviously we'd love to win, but we just want to do epic pieces."