Thursday, January 26, 2006

U.S. Champion Ice Skater Explains Why Skating Music Is All Wet

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If the music at ice skating competitions sounds a little fuddy-duddy to you, three- time U.S. National Champion and two-time Olympian ice skater Michael Weiss has an explanation.

Speaking at a practice session in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for this weekend’s upcoming Four Continents Cup, the theme from Star Wars can be heard blaring in the background.

Weiss laughs and says, “It’s funny how they come up with these things.”

He says skaters try to use songs that are entertaining and unique – not what everyone else is using.

Weiss explains in competitions, skaters lean heavily toward classical pieces because judges tend to be 40- to 60-years-old and on the traditional side.

Oftentimes, a coach will pick the music and have it choreographed without the athlete’s opinion.

But Weiss says he makes sure he has the final say. In his words, “I won’t skate to Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark.”

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