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Skating in Sochi: Music Gets Low Scores

Friday, February 14, 2014

As the Olympic figure skaters in Sochi push the boundaries of what’s physically possible on ice, the music they use in competition remains stuck in a deep rut: a narrow band of Romantic chestnuts, with the occasional John Williams score and orchestrated rock medley ...

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Top 5 Figure Skating Routines Featuring Classical Music

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

With the 2014 Winter Games starting this week, and figure skating inevitably at the center of the action, we’re celebrating our five best uses of classical music in Olympic skating performances.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding 20 Years Later

Monday, January 13, 2014

Nanette Burstein, director of the ESPN documentary “The Price of Gold,” remembers the worldwide spectacle that erupted 20 years ago, when, weeks before the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right knee by an unknown attacker. It was revealed that figure skater Tonya Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, had planned the attack with his friends to eliminate Kerrigan from the competition and increase Harding’s chance at a gold medal. “The Price of Gold”  premieres January 16, at 9 pm on ESPN.

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The Takeaway

How Olympic Figure Skaters Pick the Perfect Song

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The song that frames an Olympic figure skater's routine needs to have a variety of tempos. It needs to have emotional resonance and perhaps a little bit of edge. Most importantly, it needs to be something the skater can listen to over and over and over again. As competitors gear up for the 2014 Olympics, Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic Champion in ladies' singles, reflects on the kind of music that brings home medals.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Katarina Witt and "The Diplomat"

Monday, August 05, 2013

Known as “the most beautiful face of socialism,” figure skating champion Katerina Witt earned unique benefits in East Germany but also constant surveillance from the Stasi, the notorious secret police force. “The Diplomat” chronicles Witt’s fight for her future at home before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoon: 'O mio babbino caro'

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Lace up your skates! This week's cartoon is "O mio babbino caro" from Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, as featured in the Peanuts' cartoon, “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown.”



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The Arts File

What Makes Good Ice Skating Music?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Figure skating coach Joe Jorgens talks about the best music to skate to.


Studio 360

Swifter. Higher. Hipper?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Halfway into the first week of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, some athletes have already taken issue with the judging. But at these games, there is no discordant French judge at the center of the controversy. Instead, it’s the style police stirring things up.

Figure skater Johnny Weir has ...

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