This Olympic Pairs Skating Team Won a Medal Because of Their Adele Routine
As owners of multiple Grammys, Adele and Christina Aguilera belong to a select group of recognized musicians, but they joined an even more exclusive group this week by way of Olympians after their music was blasted on the speakers in Pyeongchang.
Now that figure skaters can perform to music with lyrics at the Olympics, the list of athletes competing to pop music has grown longer and longer. Watching skaters compete to non-classical music is something viewers can look forward to seeing more of this year specifically because of the music rule tweak that took effect right after the Sochi Olympic Games. Pyeongchang is the first Olympics to allow skaters to compete to music with lyrics after the International Skating Union rule change in 2014.
Listen in on some of the less conventional music that played during the pairs free skate competition Wednesday night.
Team Russia: Christina Aguilera
Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov chose to skate to "Candyman," by Christina Aguilera. The duo were the highest-placing Russian team, and they went into the free program in second place.
Even with Christina Aguilera music though, they weren't able to hold onto their lead and fell to fourth place after the German and Canadian teams surpassed them.
Team Canada: Adele
Unlike the Russian skaters, Canadian ice dancers Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford fared better with pop music.
They went into the competition after a strong short program, but their routine to "Hometown Glory," by Adele helped cement their place on the Olympic podium, where they took home the bronze medal.
Team China: Star Wars
Other teams in their fleet also chose more unconventional music, including the highest-placing Chinese team Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang, who skated to the Star Wars songs "Luke and Leia" and "Duel of the Fates."
They earned 8th place overall.
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The modern music won't stop there, and going forward, skating fans can expect to see it included in the singles events.
The men's figure skating short program competition, which begins Friday, will feature Olympians competing to a wide range of music, from a Jewish folk song "Hava Nagila" to Michael Buble and Snow Patrol, so it seems that the fun music choices will keep on coming.