Pink Floyd, 'Game of Thrones,' Imagine Dragons & David Bowie Spice Up Olympics Ice Skating
During the men’s free skate program that aired Friday (Feb. 16) night in America, rock music roared when competitors at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang tapped Pink Floyd, Imagine Dragons and David Bowie for their music.
Previously in the Olympics, songs with lyrics weren’t permitted, but since that rule changed, we’ve seen everyone from Ed Sheeran to Beyonce sing out over Olympic ice. And during the men’s free skate program, the competitors had a little bit of fun with their soundtrack picks.
Australia’s Brendan Kerry busted out a medley of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Money,” and the second the iconic guitar riff of the former rang out, Twitter had jokes.
TFW you're doing your thing watching figure skating and someone skates to Pink Floyd. pic.twitter.com/Oyh2QYZneJ— Gerald Bostock (@packer_hawk) February 17, 2018
Skating to Pink Floyd let me get my bong pic.twitter.com/hDBlhU9fQj— Misha!!! on ICE ❄--✨ (@MishaKatsuki) February 17, 2018
Kerry made a few stumbles during his skate, but the music choice helped give his program a beautiful sense of build and narrative. Similarly, Georgian figure skater Moris Kvitelashvili didn’t have a perfect program, but his music choice was on point, with Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” “Dream” and “Believer” giving his skate an anthemic boost.
Another music choice that had Twitter dying was Germany’s Paul Fentz employing a medley of Game of Thrones music for his program. Doubling down on the theme, Fentz even wore a golden breastplate and had a glove obscuring his hand in a nod to Jaime Lannister’s missing hand.
This guy is really figure skating to music from game of thrones????— G-Dog (@GvsKenworthy) February 17, 2018
WHY DIDNT ANYONE TELL ME A SKATER WAS SKATING TO GAME OF THRONES YALL ALL SNAKES— Amanda (@RoyalKooky) February 17, 2018
A few days after Canadian skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir performed to the Moulin Rouge! version of the Police's "Roxanne," American ice skater Vincent Zhou hit the crowd with another Moulin Rouge! selection during men's free skate, a medley of David Bowie singing "Nature Boy" and "Come What May" sung by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. Not long after, Czech figure skater Michal Brezina gave a dramatic skate to Rag'n'Bone Man's "Human" and Bootstraps' cover of "Stand By Me."
Despite having a significantly less rocking soundtrack, U.S. skater Nathan Chen stole the spotlight during men’s free skate by becoming the first Winter Olympian to execute six quads during the men’s free skate.
Additionally, Adam Rippon revisited the Coldplay/Cinematic Orchestra medley of "O"/"Arrival of the Birds" he performed earlier during the Olympics for the team skating event (for which he netted a bronze medal) for his men's free skate program.