SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Russian skater Yulia Lipnitskaya explains that when she first listened to the score from Schindler's List, she felt connected to the music and it moved her.
Yahoo Sports' Elvis Stojko, also a figure skater, further explains her song choice and her reasoning behind what many considered a controversial choice. "That's usually what a skater is looking for when you're choosing a piece of music," says Stojko about Lipnitskaya's explanation. "It's not always attached to the actual subject matter of the movie."
Lipnitskaya's choice of a red outfit also created a visual link between the music and Steven Spielberg's movie, which was filmed almost entirely in black-and-white except for one girl who appears in a red coat.
Citing his own usual choice of music by the composer John Williams, Stojko says the music is a way of connecting a skater's performance to the audience and judges. American skater Paul Wiley and German skater Katarina Witt also performed to this music.
The 15-year-old Lipnitskaya impressed many during her Olympic debut, including Russian president Vladimir Putin. Is she wins, she will be the first female Olympic champion from Russia.