How Figure Skaters Pick Their Music

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How Figure Skaters Pick Their Music
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As snare drums create a patriotic-sounding crescendo inside The Skating Club of Boston, Ross Miner launches into a two-jump combination. Then, the orchestral piece composed by Michael W. Smith for the album “Glory” takes a somber, discordant turn and Miner curls into a spin. His coach and choreographer Mark Mitchell watches the long program closely, making sure Miner's moves synch perfectly with the music. Mitchell shouts, “Change your face here. A little bit lighter. Stretch that out.”


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