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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  • Nyko X  (Feb 15, 2018)

    I love adam rippon

  • mark spannar  (Sep 6, 2018)

    Nyko X he’s a hack. He should of never made the Olympic team last Olympics. He limited the USA chances of getting a gold in the men’s singles b/c he could not hit a quad

  • ThisIsTeeKay  (Feb 15, 2018)

    Someone needs to skate to Africa by Toto.

  • Elenaphant  (Jan 1, 2019)

    ThisIsTeeKay YESSSS ILL DO IT!!!

  • Gecko Lia  (Sep 6, 2018)

    For a whole continent?!

  • Whirlie12  (Feb 15, 2018)

    The "New Carmen" in figure skating isn't going to be Lil Jon.It's already Moulin Rouge.

  • Majestic Cat Lover  (Jan 13, 2019)


  • Elenaphant  (Jan 1, 2019)

    Whirlie12 no it’s Coldplay

  • TheInvincibleGirl  (Feb 15, 2018)

    Am I mistaken or is that Nathan chen casually doing quads in the background? lmao

  • lil_ sadass  (Nov 21, 2018)


  • Valeria Badra  (Oct 16, 2018)

    TheInvincibleGirl loooool 😂😂

  • Zedfinite  (Feb 15, 2018)

    Who wanna watch skaters skate to Gucci Gang?

  • Kvey  (Jan 22, 2019)

    Time to combine all of these and horrify everyone

  • Majestic Cat Lover  (Jan 13, 2019)

    I’d love to see what they would wear for their outfit! XD

  • Salokin  (Feb 15, 2018)

    Pump those synth beats up!

  • Austin Dunn  (Feb 15, 2018)

    David Buschhorn tf is techno pop

  • David Buschhorn  (Feb 15, 2018)

    Techno pop is hockey. ;-)

  • Uvu Javer  (Feb 15, 2018)

    My mans just death dropped in knife shoes

  • Caffeinated Nation  (Mar 24, 2018)

    *knife shoes* 😂

  • blood honey  (Feb 18, 2018)

    He did. He did a death drop!

  • Tricia G  (Feb 15, 2018)

    Shout out to moulin rouge the new carmen

  • FeedtheCath  (Dec 10, 2018)


  • Immortal Vegan  (Feb 15, 2018)

    Adam Rippon is a national treasure.

  • bjbkl  (Mar 6, 2018)

    oh, i'm sorry he offended you, homophobic trash. australia will gadly take him in as our national treasure.

  • Bee Zammle  (Feb 15, 2018)

    They should skate with Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness.

  • Kitten Lover07  (Nov 6, 2018)

    no way, idol anime is the way to go

  • skinny legend  (Aug 29, 2018)