The 2016 US Figure Skating Championships came to a close Jan. 24 in St. Paul as Adam Rippon won the men's free skate to take his first-ever national title. 

The 26-year old skater, who entered the long program in third place behind 2013 US champ Max Aaron and 2013 silver medalist Ross Miner, skated an artistic routine to a medley of Beatles hits that scored high performance marks from the judges. His final cumulative mark of 270.75 was enough to best the one posted by Aaron (269.55) even though the latter executed two quadruple jumps, which are richly rewarded by the current scoring system, and Rippon fell during his sole attempt.

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The bronze went to Nathan Chen (266.93), who delivered a stunning four quadruple jumps during his Sunday afternoon effort. Grant Hochstein (252.84) and Miner (248.01) rounded out the top five.

Following Rippon's perfomance, three-time national ladies' champion and 2016 bronze medalist Ashley Wagner shared her enthusiasm of what he'd brought to the ice. The close friend of Rippon's tweeted "So endlessly proud of @Adaripp...he's the gift that keeps giving.

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THATS a performance #USChamps16."

US Nationals: Full Men's Singles Results

  • Gold: Adam Rippon, 270.75
  • Silver: Max Aaron, 269.55
  • Bronze: Nathan Chen, 266.93
  • 4. Grant Hochstein, 252.84
  • 5. Ross Miner, 248.01
  • 6. Alexander Johnson, 241.94
  • 7. Timothy Dolensky, 236.13
  • 8. Vincent Zhou, 217.23
  • 9. Sean Rabbitt, 192.63
  • 10. Daniel Kulenkamp, 187.34
  • 11. Scott Dyer, 182.10
  • 12. Shotaro Omori, 181.49
  • 13. Emmanuel Savary, 179.32
  • 14. Sebastien Payannet, 172.68
  • 15. Ben Jalovick, 167.33
  • 16. Jimmy Ma, 161.63
  • 17. Robert Przepioski, 160.54
  • 18. Curran Oi, 150.06
  • 19. Eric Stinehart, 141.50

Rippon is the third first-time championship-level winner of the weekend.

Jan. 23 saw Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea take the gold medal in pairs over 2015 champs Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim. On the same day, ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani earned their first title after finally besting prime competitors Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Only the ladies' competition saw a former winner claim the title as Gracie Gold earned her second in three years.

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