Much to my delight (because figure skating and Hamilton are two of my top obsessions), this video was floating around the internet during Nationals last week:
Philip Baker, of the Skating Club of Boston, won bronze in the intermediate men’s division at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships with this program. The video above is from the New England Regional Championships, because the Nationals one isn’t available on YouTube. But someone wonderful brought it to the attention of Lin-Manuel Miranda on Twitter, which brought it to my attention:
Personally, I was wondering if someone might jump on the Hamilton bandwagon in the dance event, with hip hop as one of the rhythms this year (Just me? Wishful thinking? Ok, fine.)
The music of Hamilton is so intricate that I don’t think it would translate well to an ice rink and a 2-4 minute program. That said, this is a pretty well-done cut. And not only does this kid have great taste in music, but he is a great skater, too. He has excellent knee bend and speed across the ice in his stroking, and his musical timing is on target. (Seriously. Sometimes even senior skaters don’t hit their movements on the proper accent of the music.)
Oh, and the straight line footwork sequence is to die for: that fist pump on the lunge!
Let’s keep an eye on Baker, shall we? This might be the next cute youngster promo they show at senior Nationals someday, a la Nathen Chen last weekend: