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Pick the music for your imagined figure skating debut

The figure skating portion of the Olympics came to an end last night, but I can’t stop thinking about the performances, particularly how snooze-worthy some of the music choices were. There were a few highlights. Kim Yu-Na’s short program to the James Bond theme was playful and sexy, while Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s choice of an Indian medley during the ice dancing competition was delightful. But points off for using music from Phantom of the Opera, which needs to be retired from all competitions until the end of time. Ice dancing also provided the bizarre musical cue of Linkin Park’s “Crawling” from brother/sister duo Sinead Kerr and John Kerr. Ice dancing can get away with more unusual and popular song choices, whereas singles and pairs skaters can’t use music with vocals, but that doesn’t mean they have to put me to sleep.

If I were a singles figure skater, I’d skate to the String Quartet’s tribute to Muse’s “Time Is Running Out.” The song has a great sense of suspense with plenty of high and lows. Plus, there’s lots of pretty violins. I’d use one of Andrew Bird’s exquisite instrumental, whistling (does that count as vocals?) tracks for my short program.

PopWatchers, what music would you choose if you had to lace on some skates?

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