Classic rock, movie scores and swingin’ covers were in the mix as the men’s single skating short program cruised along overnight in PyeongChang.
Germany’s Paul Fentz delivered another solid routine to Paul Anka’s jazzy version of Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” which began trending on Twitter well before the session wrapped up. Fentz dished out Anka’s kitsch cover during his short program for the team competition last week and, it seems, whenever he delivers this routine, Twitter responds (not all of it positive).
Traditional songs and classical works dominated the event, though Japan’s Keiji Tanaka went with late guitar great Gary Moore’s nostalgic instrumental “Memories.” His performance, however, came undone early when the skater fell. Canada also dusted off some classic rock (and also took a tumble) with a performance to Kansas’ 1977 song “Dust in the Wind.”
Also during the evening, Spanish skater Javier Fernandez twirled to the soundtrack of Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film Modern Times and Jin Boyang of China skated to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Fan fave Adam Rippon go to work with “Let Me Think About It,” by Ida Corr vs Fedde Le Grand.
A rule change from skating’s governing body has opened up the program in the 2018 Winter Olympics for a range of rock and pop soundtracks. In the early phases of the competition, songs from Adele, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Snow Patrol, Lorde and many others have accompanied routines at the Gangneung Ice Arena.
From Meryl Streep to Winnie-the-Pooh, the men’s short program was wacky!
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 16, 2018