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.In case you missed it, you can watch the rest of Vox Skate Week here: 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?Subscribe to our channel! is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:
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  • ThisIsTeeKay

     1 years ago

    Someone needs to skate to Africa by Toto.

  • Toothless

     10 days ago

    I did at an ice show XD

  • TheInvincibleGirl

     1 years ago

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

  • lil_ sadass

     7 months ago


  • Valeria Badra

     9 months ago

    TheInvincibleGirl loooool 😂😂

  • Whirlie12

     1 years ago

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

  • kyleo the psychic

     3 months ago

    virtuemoir sent everyone to church with their moulin rouge program

  • Majestic Cat Lover

     6 months ago


  • Tricia G

     1 years ago

    Shout out to moulin rouge the new carmen

  • FeedtheCath

     7 months ago


  • Uvu Javer

     1 years ago

    My mans just death dropped in knife shoes

  • Caffeinated Nation

     1 years ago

    *knife shoes* 😂

  • blood honey

     1 years ago

    He did. He did a death drop!

  • Cory Mck

     1 years ago

    Dances to _Turn Down for What_ . We get it, you're straight.

  • Zedfinite

     1 years ago

    Who wanna watch skaters skate to Gucci Gang?

  • Kvey

     5 months ago

    Time to combine all of these and horrify everyone

  • Majestic Cat Lover

     6 months ago

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

  • molly inglis

     1 years ago

    For all the people commenting about all the skating videos... VOX SAID THEY WERE DOING A SKATING WEEK

  • Immortal Vegan

     1 years ago

    Adam Rippon is a national treasure.

  • bjbkl

     1 years ago

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

  • Scotti Brown

     1 years ago

    Phantom of the Opera, Romeo and Juliet, W.E., Moulin Rouge, Samson and Delilah, Spartacus, Gladiator are a couple of others that are popular to skate too nowadays

  • Janet Pavlova

     6 months ago

    Romeo and Juliet this year seems to be most popular.