SAN JOSE, Calif.—Figure skater Jimmy Ma just performed his short program at the 2018 National Championships. And about two thirds of the way through his performance, the music changes to a song you wouldn’t expect to hear at a skating competition—DJ Snake’s and Lil’ Jon’s “Turn Down For What.”
While the days of skaters only skating to classical pieces or scores from feature films are long gone—they can use songs with singing now—the skaters usually only take this newfound freedom so far as, say, performing to songs from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack.
Here’s Ma performing his short program tonight at the SAP Center. (The “Turn Down For What” starts around 2:30.)
“Turn Down For What” is not the first time Ma skated to an unorthodox piece of music. Last season, he performed his short program to an Eminem medley.