The change in background music in the figure skating sections at the 2018 Winter Olympics once made the public particularly excited. Many figure skating athletes choose hit songs to perform as background music.
International Skating Union has adjusted the rules to allow figure skates to perform with music for the first time in the history of Winter Olympics. Thanks to this change, this year’s Olympic Games Pyeongchang athletes will have the opportunity to show the movements on the music chosen by themselves.
While casual skaters have used vocal music since the late 1990s, figure skating boys and girls are still limited in the context of nonverbal music. Therefore, bringing music with words into this subject is considered a fair decision, which marks the change towards the younger audience.
Canadian athlete Eric Radford shared with Billboard that this decision allowed athletes to have more choices. This is something that has never been before. That is probably one of the most important decisions for an athlete.
Here are some examples. French contestant Mae Berenice Meite uses Beyonce’s song “Run The World” and “Halo” in her contest. The host Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin from the host nation of Korea performed the super-hit music contest “Despacito”. And France’s Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès perform the contest on Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain” music.
According to Amazon data, the amount of streaming of some old songs suddenly spiked because they appeared in the arts slide contest at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Amazon’s representative said the movie Moulin Rouge or Coldplay Their songs achieved an impressive amount of streaming over the past few days. Moulin Rouge soundtrack helped a couple of athletes from Canada win a gold medal this year.
It can be said that figure skating is now not only a sporting event but also a spectacular, diverse and colorful music show. There, the audience can find the once-glorious songs, from the thorny rock songs of the 90s to the deep pop songs of the 2000s.