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    Adam Rippon acknowledges the crowd after the men's free skate program of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships James Rodriguez Colombia Jersey , Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. He won the gold in the men's championship. (AP PhotoJim Mone) Adam Rippon competes in the men's free skate program of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Sunday, Jan. 24 Jackson Martinez Colombia Jersey , 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. He won the gold in the men's championship. (AP PhotoJim Mone) Adam Rippon waves after moving into first place in the men's free skate program of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in St. Paul Guillermo Celis Colombia Jersey , Minn. Rippon won the men's program to take the gold medal. (AP PhotoJim Mone) Nathan Chen, left, gets a hug from coach Rafael Arutyunian after he completed the men's free skate program of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in St. Paul Giovanni Moreno Colombia Jersey , Minn. Chen picked up the bronze medal in the men's program. (AP PhotoJim Mone) Adam Rippon performs in the men's short program of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. Rippon finished in third place. (AP PhotoJim Mone) ST. PAUL, Minn. — Adam Rippon interrupted Nathan Chen to marvel at the idea of doing four quadruple jumps in one practice session Fredy Guarin Colombia Jersey , let alone the free skate at the U.S. Championships.

    Rippon didn't land any Sunday, but he is now the national champion — while Chen, his 16-year-old training partner, was third despite becoming the first American man to complete four in one program. And the runner-up, Max Aaron, had two on a day sure to reignite the debate about the value of artistry vs. athleticism in figure skating.

    The 26-year-old Rippon fell on his only quad attempt, but he is vastly ahead of Aaron and Chen in the expression and choreography that still make up a huge part of scores.

    "It's not a jump competition; it's not a choreography competition Frank Fabra Colombia Jersey , and it's not a spin competition," Rippon said. "It takes a little bit of everything."

    While Aaron and Chen did little more than obligatory movements of their arms between their jumps, saving energy for the quads, Rippon sped through complex footwork in perfect timing to his Beatles medley.

    "I really think my experience and my maturity was what helped me prevail," he said.

    Rippon has struggled to live up to his potential for much of his career, and in recent years, he has repeatedly questioned whether he wanted to stay in the sport. He had a breakthrough performance at the 2015 U.S. Championships for his second runner-up finish but had not reached that level again until Sunday.

    "You should never give up on yourself Felipe Pardo Colombia Jersey , because there have been many times that I've wanted to," he said.

    Rippon cleanly landed eight triple jumps after the fall on his opening quadruple lutz and earned top marks for his spins and footwork. He burst into tears when his scores were announced to vault him into first place ahead of Aaron and Chen.

    Rippon earned 182.74 points for his free skate for a total of 270.75. Aaron, the 2013 U.S champ who led after the short program, received 177.72 points for 269.55 total. Chen had 180.60 points for 266.93 total after he fell on a triple axel, a jump he called "still the main issue with me."

    Ross Miner, who was in second place after the short program, had hoped to give himself a 25th birthday present Sunday of a trip back home to Boston for the world championships. But he dropped to fifth after a mistake-filled skate.

    Chen will compete in both the junior and senior world championships. Jason Brown Felipe Aguilar Colombia Jersey , who was unable to defend his U.S. title because of a back strain, petitioned to be added to the worlds team, but the federation decided to send Chen and Aaron along with Rippon, who was the only skater guaranteed a spot.

    The junior worlds end March 18 in Hungary and senior worlds start March 30 in Boston.

    Chen aggravated an old hip injury during Sunday night's exhibition, but U.S. Figure Skating said he was expected to make a full recovery.

    On Friday, Chen became the first American man to land two quads in the short program. His initial plan had been for three in the free skate, but he felt good enough Sunday to try for four.

    "This is an awesome step for me as a senior skater Farid Diaz Colombia Jersey ," he said.

    Aaron skated immediately after Chen, hearing the cheers but not sure how many quads his young rival had landed. Unfazed, he cleanly landed both his quads, but he did a double salchow instead of a triple in a combination and lost points on a step sequence.

    "I am upset because I've done this program clean so many times this year — not just technically but everything all together," he said.

    Brown won last year without any quads, too. Those jumps are virtually a prerequisite to win a medal at worlds these days, and Rippon insisted he'll be doing all he can to improve his quad lutz between now and the March 30 short program in Boston.

    Rippon predicted: "I am positive Nathan will have many national championships." This year Edwin Valencia Colombia Jersey , though, the national champion is a skater nearly a decade older with no quads.

    DHAKA, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 people have been killed and 18 still missing after a ferry capsized in the river of Sondha in Bangladesh's Barisal district, 169 km south of capital Dhaka, on Wednesday.

    The district's police chief SM Aktaruzzaman told Xinhua that the ferry carrying scores of passengers sank at about 11:30 a.m. local time Wednesday .

    ""The bodies of two women, two children and eight men have already been recovered, "" said the official.

    He said rescue efforts and a search for the missing are under way by the Fire Service and Civil Defence authorities.

    The cause of the incident is attributed to the inclement weather conditions.

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