A talented 22-year-old figure skater from Queens, N.Y. recently dazzled a pleasantly surprised crowd at the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championship.
Jimmy Ma delivered an amazing performance accompanied by unlikely song selections: DJ Snake’s “Propaganda,” and DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s song, “Turn Down for What.”
Just when you think you’ve seen it all…figure skater Jimmy Ma skates to “Turn Down For What” at U.S. Nationals. The crowd went nuts when the beat dropped. Yes, modern music is fun!! #USChamps18 pic.twitter.com/KpXGHpFG4L
— Jackie Pepper ✊🏽☮️ (@Jackie_Pepper) January 5, 2018
Section 121 is rocking out to Jimmy Ma’s music pic.twitter.com/6gyIn0u0zq
— Marni Gallagher (@crossthefingers) January 5, 2018
An appreciative crowd reacted positively as his high-energy skating routine matched perfectly with the upbeat EDM tunes of his chosen tracks.
In an interview with USA Today Sports, Ma explained the unusual song choice.
“Figure skating is an extreme sport,” Ma was quoted as saying. “I want the most amount of people to see that it is both an awesome art form and also an awesome sport. The whole point was to get people hyped. Get older people hyped and for younger people to think it is cool.”
When footage of his performance eventually surfaced online, netizens were quick to shower him praises.
— person of interest (@deepestofstates) January 5, 2018
Jimmy Ma brings it at U.S. Figure Skating Championships. pic.twitter.com/ywMuM0vM88
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) January 5, 2018
Skaters were only recently allowed to pick songs with lyrics for their routines and Ma is among those who used modern music to spice up their performance in the recently concluded event.
Ma, who placed 11th this year, has many other eye-catching performances, including his last season’s Eminem medley routine: