At 26, figure skater Adam Rippon has waited years to win his national championship.
At least in skating years.
His first medal, a silver on the novice level, came when he was just 16 years old in 2005, so to nab the gold eleven years later is nothing short of a coup in the skating world.
What’s his secret?
According to him, it’s being a witch.
During his post-win interview, a reporter at NBC Sports said to Rippon, “26 years old — some people have written you off. What message are you sending with this performance and with this title?”
Rippon answered, “I’m like a witch, and you can’t kill me! I keep coming back every year, and every year, I get better.”
Watch his interview below:
Here’s the routine that won him the gold: