'Despacito' Dominates During Olympics Ice Dancing Short Program

Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee, "Despacito"
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Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee, "Despacito"

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s Billboard Hot 100-topping smash “Despacito” dominated 2017, and now the 2018 Winter Olympics are here to remind you that "Despacito" will never die. During the short program of the ice dancing competition (which broadcast Sunday, Feb. 18, in the United States), not one but three separate teams tapped “Despacito” as the soundtrack to their ice dance. It wasn’t entirely random -- the competitors were required to incorporate a Latin rhythm into their music, so naturally, numerous pairs turned to the most inescapable Latin hit of 2017.

China’s Xinyu Liu and Shiyue Wang, South Korea’s Alexander Gamelin and Yura Min (both American-born skaters) and Poland’s Maksym Spodyriev and Natalia Kaliszek skated to versions of “Despacito” during their ice dances. 

Even if you’re sick of the ubiquitous smash (see Leslie Jones' tweet below), you gotta give these teams credit for turning to Latin artists for Latin rhythms -- especially when another pair used Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” as their Latin soundtrack... no bueno.

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