How figure skaters choose their music, explained with Adam Rippon

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  • Published on:  Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Here’s how figure skaters choose their music.

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    2018 Olympic medalist Adam Rippon, and music designer Hugo Chouinard helps explain how figure skaters pick their music.

    The 1932 Winter Olympics was the first time figure skating was performed to music. Today, music is an essential part of the sport and there’s a hidden strategy behind how they pick their songs. For a long time, figure skaters skated to classics like Carmen, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote. Not only because it’s great music but because of the clear story line and the dynamic characters in them.

    But this is all changing. In 2014, the ISU changed the music rules to allow skaters to skate to music with lyrics. Now with a wider range of music to choose from — some skaters like Jimmy Ma have traded in Bizet for Lil Jon. Will this be a new era of figure skating?

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  • Kpop Animated
    Kpop Animated  4 days ago

    I hope I will get better at figure skating to be able to be in the same events he has..!

  • Kings lynn
    Kings lynn  4 days ago

    Isn't he sweet? Has anyone told him homosexually is a sin. As in going to hell?

  • Katia
    Katia  10 days ago

    You mention Carmen you have to show Scott and Tessa.

  • Beckett Burrow
    Beckett Burrow  12 days ago

    ...this is so sad, Alexa play Despacito

  • Madie ferr
    Madie ferr  12 days ago

    Skate to bts music

  • Emily Ascepiter
    Emily Ascepiter  14 days ago

    the narrator speaks too slowly with no animation. hire a real actor.

  • Zen Kazeno
    Zen Kazeno  15 days ago

    Yuri on Ice y'alls 😂😂😂

  • Molly Rosenfeld
    Molly Rosenfeld  20 days ago

    That's my rink! Lakewood ICE!

  • Khanh Ho
    Khanh Ho  23 days ago

    The French speaking expert is French Canadian, I think.

  • Weazel News
    Weazel News  27 days ago +1


  • Khaled Abou Elkhir

    All dem Carmen songs from tom and Jerry lmao😭😭

  • Kelly Hardy
    Kelly Hardy  1 months ago

    The new Carmen is the greatest showman.
    Literally everyone is skating to this is me, a million dreams or rewrite the stars.

  • Lena with a Box
    Lena with a Box  1 months ago

    Swan lake, don quixote and carmen.... Alina

  • JJ Paris
    JJ Paris  1 months ago

    Figure skating is just like ballet but it’s on ice instead of being on stage

  • Megan Johnson
    Megan Johnson  1 months ago

    Even the OG skated to Carmen

  • Amara  Jordan
    Amara Jordan  1 months ago

    As much as I like classics music, I’m thrilled the horizons have been expanded. I feel like the average performance will be more intense for more viewers and it could help prop up aspects of artistry that are kind of under fire.

  • Audrey Su
    Audrey Su  1 months ago +1

    funny that alina zagitova has done/is doing all three basic programs that adam mentioned...

  • luvmuzik4me
    luvmuzik4me  1 months ago

    I am turned off by the raucus music that some skaters have picked. It spoils there program for me because the music, if you can call it that, is soo bad that I just want to leave.. The reason that Carmen, along with some other music is so popular is because it is GOOD music to skate too and does not offend the ears.

  • Gc 51mm0
    Gc 51mm0  1 months ago

    Let’s be real the new carmen is the greatest showman

  • Charlotte Williams
    Charlotte Williams  2 months ago

    Or we just steal them from Jason brown... I'm guilty