Jimmy Ma made Olympic figure skating history Thursday when he performed a routine to “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon.
Jimmy Ma brings it at U.S. Figure Skating Championships. pic.twitter.com/ywMuM0vM88
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) January 5, 2018
The figure skater chose the song for the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championship, ramping up enthusiasm from the audience and even the announcers. It’s the first year of the Winter Olympics that figure skaters are allowed to perform to music with lyrics.
Section 121 is rocking out to Jimmy Ma’s music pic.twitter.com/6gyIn0u0zq
— Marni Gallagher (@crossthefingers) January 5, 2018
“Figure skating is an extreme sport,” Ma told USA TODAY Sports. “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.”
The internet, too, went wild with approval.
— person of interest (@deepestofstates) January 5, 2018
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
Ma only took 11th place in the competition, but he should get gold for his turn-up.