Figure Skater's Edgy Song Choice Grabs Notice

Jimmy Ma skated to Lil Jon's 'Turn Down for What'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2018 8:00 AM CST

All eyes will be on Jimmy Ma on Saturday—a figure skater with essentially no hope of getting to the Olympics, but a fan favorite after his short program at the United States Figure Skating Championships Thursday. As Stanley Kay wrote for Sports Illustrated, "I haven't watched much figure skating since 2014. But if this performance from Jimmy Ma is any indication, I'm going to be watching a lot more." The reason was Ma's edgier routine, which notably featured DJ Snake and Lil' Jon's "Turn Down For What." If that song doesn't ring a bell, USA Today advises that "you are (a) over 25, and (b) should do a YouTube search as it will provide a better description than anything I can offer through words."

"Figure skating is an extreme sport," the 22-year-old told USA Today after competing. "If there was anybody flicking through who might not normally watch I hope that seeing and hearing me might have pulled them in." Should they tune in Saturday, they'll see him skating to something much less surprising though: Rachmaninov. As of Thursday's short program, Ma is in 11th place, with only three men's slots open for Pyeongchang. PopSugar notes another skater's song choice stood out: Starr Andrews skated to Whitney Houston's "One Moment in Time," but it was a version Andrews sang herself. (More figure skating stories.)

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