Is the proper term Figure Skating or Ice Dancing? I never know and never want to offend anyone, but also haven’t taken the 14 seconds to Google the difference in order to avoid confusion. In fact, I probably could have found the answer to that question in the time it took me to write the last three sentences…… sigh.

Regardless, Jimmy Ma’s routine at this year’s US Figure Skating Championships turned a few heads and helped give way to what has to go down as one of the best truly genuine color commentary moments in the history of sports. (Relax, I said one of, not the best.) Not only did he begin with “Propaganda“, a song by DJ Snake, but he brought it home with the melodic harmonies of Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What“!

I don’t know what I appreciate more:

  • The conversation had by the announcers during his routine
  • The athleticism (speed, power, balance, coordination, etc) required to pull off some of the advanced tricks
  • Or, the fact that EDM and “The Rap” music are apparently breaking into the culture of Winter Ice-Skate-Dance-Spinning!

Nice job, Jimmy Ma. Great job, commentary crew. And congrats on the breakthrough, DJ Snake and company!

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