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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Outside the box

By now, several skaters and coaches have announced music choices for the upcoming season, ranging from the predictable (Chock/Bates, Les Miserables) to the somewhat less so (Scimeca/Knierim, Ever After) to the truly original (Eric Radford composed the music for one of the programs he will skate with Meagan Duhamel!). Of course, there will also be some recycling thrown in for good measure (Patrick Chan will stick with his successful Elegie SP, while Brian Joubert is keeping his Gladiator LP). With the stakes so high, skaters often play it safe with their Olympic season music selections, opting for pieces that both judges and audiences are likely to appreciate. Yet we still see some skaters take a different approach, which is to be applauded. Here are some of the more original and memorable programs from the previous Olympic season: