The men’s free skating playlist at the Beijing Olympics, which is scheduled for Wednesday night Eastern Time, reveals that it was all inspirational. The right musical choice can make all the difference when it comes to winning a medal in the free skate, which is meant to be an emotional as well as an athletic performance. It can also unconsciously influence the judges.
“The Olympics are a bigger, bigger audience. You want people to recognize that,” Carol Lane, coach and choreographer, told CBC Canada. “You want the judges to fall in love with you and the audience as well.
“Music can put you above. In the end, if you have nine judges who squint their eyes and press the 5 button, you’ve done it right.
Don’t be surprised to hear Daft Punk, “Fly Me to the Moon,” the theme to “Schindler’s List,” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” during the free skate. But entertainment is only a secondary goal.
“The free skate is always a bigger job,” said Canadian skater Madeline Schizas. “It’s four minutes. You have to choose something serious enough, in general, that can hold everyone’s attention.
Nathan Chen, the American chasing a gold medal after his world-record performance of 113.97 points in the short program, took piano lessons until he was 12, and he s he looked to England for inspiration as he hopes to clinch a gold medal medal. He’ll be skating to a medley from Elton John’s biopic, “Rocketman,” according to the official playlist. For his short program, he skates to “La Bohème” by singer and lyricist Charles Aznavour.
Japan’s charismatic and youthful skater Yuma Kagiyama had the crowd, limited as they were by coronavirus restrictions, cheering during the short program as he skated to that old “When You Smile” ditty. He had an outstanding performance, but Chen’s was nearly perfect and Kagiyama is in second place with 108.12 points heading into the free skate, for which he chose the music from the movie “Gladiator.”
Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” gained popularity among skaters after Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skated to its dramatic beats during a 1984 gold medal performance in Sarajevo. Kamila Valieva, the 15-year-old competing for the Russian Olympic Committee team, used it in her performance in the team event this week, and it’s the pick of Japan’s Shoma Uno, who sits third place in the men’s competition with 105.90 points. , in free skating.
Yuzuru Hanyu, the 2018 and 2014 Olympic champion, had a disappointing short program that left him in eighth place with 95.15 points, well behind the top three. Yuzuru’s musical choice for the free skate was not released in advance by Olympic officials.