Have you ever watched a figure skating program that really took your breath away? The best routines are an amazing combination of dizzying spins, graceful choreography, and impossible jumps posed on the thinnest blades. Put it all to music and you’ve got, well, pure art.
Now about this music. Today, figure skaters can get creative with their coaching, choosing from a variety of genres and styles, but until just a few years ago that was a different story. It wasn’t until the 2014 Olympics that the International Skating Union (ISU) began allowing figure skaters to use music with voices and lyrics in their performances. (Ice dancing has allowed music with lyrics since the 1997-1998 season.)
Let’s just say it was the right choice. Now skateboarders are associating elegance and strength with some of their favorite pop songs, and it’s a combination as perfect as you’d expect. In advance, check out some of our favorite figure skating routines with pop songs, paired with music that’s probably already on your playlist.