What Makes Good Ice Skating Music?

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Friday, February 19, 2010

The United States got its first Olympic men's figure skating gold medal in 22 years last night, when world champion Evan Lysacek won the men's figure skating competition.

Lysacek chose Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" to skate to Thursday night. But how do figure skaters choose which song to skate to, and how much does music affect a winning figure skating program?

In this week's Arts File on WQXR, Kerry Nolan talks to Joe Jorgens, a figure skating coach and former competitive figure skater, about what makes the best figure skating music.

Georges Bizet's Carmen has long been a popular opera to skate to. Click below to watch Katarina Witt's winning long skate program to Bizet's opera at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Guests:

Joe Jorgens

Produced by:

Matthew Sollars and Abbie Fentress Swanson
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