At 26 years old, figure skater Adam Rippon has waited nearly an eternity to win his national championship — or at least in skating years.
His first medal, a still-totally-impressive-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.
So what’s his secret (besides the obvious: lots of flare and even more rhinestones)?
Being a witch, naturally.
During his post-win interview, Rippon gave NBC Sports a quote that left us snapping our fingers and letting out an involuntary “yas queen” or two.
“26 years old — some people have written you off. What message are you sending with this performance and with this title?” the newly lauded champ was asked.
“I’m like a witch, and you can’t kill me! I keep coming back every year and every year I get better.”
Burn, baby, burn.
Watch his interview below:
And here’s the routine that won him the gold, appropriately set to Queen’s “Who Wants To Live Forever”: