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:


  • ThisIsTeeKay
    ThisIsTeeKay  a years ago +1010

    Someone needs to skate to Africa by Toto.

  • TheInvincibleGirl
    TheInvincibleGirl  a years ago +374

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

  • Cory Mck
    Cory Mck  a years ago +97

    Dances to Turn Down for What . We get it, you're straight.

  • Whirlie12
    Whirlie12  a years ago +660

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

  • Uvu Javer
    Uvu Javer  a years ago +331

    My mans just death dropped in knife shoes

  • Scotti Brown
    Scotti Brown  a years ago +64

    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

  • Tricia G
    Tricia G  a years ago +277

    Shout out to moulin rouge the new carmen

  • Immortal Vegan
    Immortal Vegan  a years ago +415

    Adam Rippon is a national treasure.

  • Zedfinite
    Zedfinite  a years ago +416

    Who wanna watch skaters skate to Gucci Gang?

  • CrimsonVipera
    CrimsonVipera  a years ago +52

    I predict a lot of Queen in the future.

  • Nyko X
    Nyko X  a years ago +684

    I love adam rippon

  • Mega Raph
    Mega Raph  a years ago +296

    If i were a skater i would choose Man's not hot

  • molly inglis
    molly inglis  a years ago +185

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

  • Audrey Su
    Audrey Su  a years ago +13

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

  • Trinity Frank
    Trinity Frank  a years ago +34

    Why didn't they mention the choice of songs with meaning(s)? Like Yulia Lipnitskaya skating to Schindler's list

  • Matthew Fornear
    Matthew Fornear  a years ago +228

    Why wouldn't a producer jump at a chance to make a beat to a skaters choreography? Wouldnt that make it more personalized and impactful? Also you're repping your country by supporting your athletes. win win

  • Nathan
    Nathan  a years ago +342

    Adam is so talented and gorgeous...

  • An alias
    An alias  a years ago +483

    Those slowmo shots of figure skating were so beautiful. Thanks vox.

  • BAM_BAM! !!
    BAM_BAM! !!  a years ago +383

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

  • suna 173.6jm
    suna 173.6jm  a years ago +132

    this was really interesting, thank you