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WATCH: This Out Figure Skater Won The National Title Despite Falling

Adam Rippon

Although he won the 2016 U.S. Championships, out ice skater Adam Rippon is reigniting a debate in the ice skating world about the value of artistry versus technical perfection.

Rippon, 26, won the figure skating competition despite taking a tumble during the routine. The Pennsylvanian took to Twitter this week to celebrate. 

"I contemplated retiring a few seasons ago and, at times doubted what I thought I was capable of achieving," wrote Rippon, who had twice recieved the silver medal in the contest. "Through all my ups and downs I've learned that if you are true to yourself, work hard every day, set focus on your goals, and aren't afraid of your own potential you can do anything."

In an interveiw with NBC Sports, Rippon called the win a "dream come true," and when asked what message he was trying to send with his victory he said, "I'm like a witch, and you can't kill me. I keep coming back every year and every year I get better."

Watch Rippon speak with NBC Sports following his routine below:

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