Every four years all eyes turn to figure skating during the Winter Olympics. If you’re like most, you’re probably a casual fan and noticed something different tonight in the men’s short program as it was contentested for the team competition. For the first time in the Olympics, singles and pairs skaters can compete to music with lyrics.
That led us, at NBCOlympics.com, to ask a very important question:
There were obvious crowd pleasers:
or maybe starting a routine like Mariano Rivera would lead to success:
There were classic rock suggestions, like Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” and “Livin’ on a Prayer”:
or Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”,
Hamilton lovers were well represented, possibly inspired by Jason Brown’s short program.
Maybe some “Eye of the Tiger” would pump you up,
Married couple Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim could use this suggestion:
And Valerie Quarz answered with perhaps the most practicle response:
The freedom to choose a song with lyrics has been met by mixed reaction from both fans and skaters alike. Perhaps, the most newsworthy example of a skater taking a risk with lyrics is Jimmy Ma, who has performed his short program to Eminem and “Turn Down for What” at the 2017 United States championships.