Madison Rapkine has been skating for a couple of years now, which is impressive since she’s only 6 or 7 years old.
Her mom occasionally uploads some of her routines to her own YouTube channel along with other family videos. But one performance, in particular, got a lot of attention from viewers on the platform. It was Madison’s “Unicorn on Ice” performance at the 2019 La Jolla Open Championships.
Since the clip was uploaded just 10 months ago, it has received over half a million views!
Madison is just 6 years old in the video, but already she’s got some serious stage (or, ice) presence.
With an elaborate unicorn costume and prop, a big smile, and some impressive skills, she glides through her performance while adorably lip-synching to two different songs.
In the caption, her mom described the event:
“The happiest little unicorn living her best life on the ice…. seriously, can’t get enough of the joy and smiles throughout this program. Madison earned first place for this event – she’s been working hard on her lip-syncing and facial expressions and that hard work is paying off! The music for this program is “We’re all made of stars” from Finding Neverland and Jojo Siwa’s ‘D.R.E.A.M.'”
A first-place finish is probably no surprise since Madison is a member of the elite Los Angeles Figure Skating Club.
According to their website, they were founded in 1933 and are a skating institution:
“Home to more than 70 National, World and Olympic Champions, the club is one of the largest and most notable in the United States.”
Younger skaters can participate in special showcases in which they perform character or prop routines. These are relatively lighthearted programs that are scored more on artistry than technical details.
But you still have to be a good skater to put on a good show – the props and costumes can’t do all the work for you – and little Madison shows her audience how it’s done.
Her sequined unicorn bodysuit, rainbow braid, and bedazzled horn simply draw more attention to her well-executed spins, twirls, and jumps.
For those wondering about the giant display she hauled out onto the ice, it serves as both background and storage for even more props she uses to augment her fun-loving routine.
Jojo Siwa’s D.R.E.A.M. is the perfect song for the second part of her routine as Madison busts out a microphone and pretends to sing along.
And Siwa herself is quite the bright and sparkly performer in the video for the song – we wonder if the young skater drew some inspiration from that.
Apparently, Madison has been a big fan of unicorns for some time. Her mom also uploaded a performance from her earlier skating days when the then-4-year-old took the ice in a similar costume.
That video also earned over half a million views!
What can we say? People really love their unicorns!
Her unicorn routine wasn’t the only one Madison performed at the LaJolla Open – it was also her first-ever U.S. Figure Skating Free Skate event. During the routine, she performed some higher-level skills that she’s never shown off in competition before.
It looks like this little figure skater is really going places!
Be sure to scroll down below to see Madison’s first-place finish at the 2019 La Jolla Open Championships.
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