The Olympics Figure Skating Competition Got Hit With Latino Pop Power
The Olympics are in full swing and as is usually goes with the Winter Games, everyone is obsessed with the figure skating competitions.
If you were watching the pairs ice dancing short program, you might have noticed a whole lot of Latino flavor in the musical choices.
It left a lot of viewers thinking this couldn’t be a coincidence.
They also had several Latino songs yesterday too! The first two figure skating programs had Despacito (Fonsi), Talía, rumba music. There was a moment I thought that it was a requirement. Loved it. https://t.co/PvncWmfExd
— Profe. Arnold (@Sra_Arnold) February 12, 2018
Turns out, it wasn’t. According to Sports Illustrated, teams competing in the competition were required to incorporate some “Latin rhythm” in their routine. And Latino viewers were FEELING IT!
It’s no surprise that this requirement meant more than one team turned to the biggest song of 2017. South Korea’s Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin, and Shiyue Wang and Xinyu Liu of China, both skated to “Despacito.” That’s right, it ain’t dead yet!
While the South Korean team opted to go with the original Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee version…
But WHY did they have to talk through the whole thing? ?? pic.twitter.com/H44ASsGn7y
— Patty G ??♀️?? (@ThePattyG) February 11, 2018
(and handled a wardrobe malfunction during the routine with total grace btw)
The Chinese team on the other hand decided to go for a stripped down cover version of the mega hit.
— Madilyn Bailey (@MadilynBailey) February 13, 2018
The cover is by singers Madilyn Bailey and Leroy Sanchez, who both lost their sh*t hearing themselves during the Olympics.
— Leroy Sanchez (@IamLeroySanchez) February 11, 2018
I mean, can you blame ’em?
Then the South Korean team doubled down on the Latino fire by adding Mariah Carey’s “My All” and Thalia’s “Mujer Latina” to their routine.
Today’s music winner — South Korean ice dance team Min/Gamelin: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” followed by Mariah Carey’s “My All”, closing with Thalia’s “Mujer Latina”. #PyeongChang2018 #Olympics
— Marty Preciado (@martypreciado) February 11, 2018
The music choices for Olympic ice skating is so good !! I mean, did hear some @thalia ??? ??
— GoodgirlgoneVal ?✨? (@MissValOrtiz) February 11, 2018
As soon as I hear “Mujer Latina” come on I was gone!
Which got a some people thinking that maybe Tommy Mottola had a hand in all this.
Dead at the Korean ice dancers skating to Mariah & Thalia. Were they sponsored by Tommy Mottola? #winterolympics
— Mike Wass (@mikewassmusic) February 11, 2018
The famed record executive was Mariah’s ex-husband, and currently married to Thalia, so…
While many were living for this Latino Olympic moment…
Whoa. This skating pair started with Despacito and is now transitioning into Mariah Carey? I'm here for it! #Olympics
— Danielle Hohmeier (@daniellesmyname) February 11, 2018
Some felt a bit confused.
— Simpson Morgan (@SimpsonMorgan) February 11, 2018
These are people I don’t have time for. Just go with it. Let that Latin groove hit your hips! Te va gustar!
It wasn’t just “Despacito,” “Mujer Latina,” and “My All” hitting the ice during the short program.
Puerto Rico represented hard in the music choices for other teams as well.
germany skated to marc anthony & south korea dancing to despacito
puerto rico’s influence is in the WINTER olympics ???
— trin? (@velazqueztrinii) February 11, 2018
The German skaters hit the ice to Marc Anthony’s “Aguanile” and it was amazing!
— Christine Abreu (@AbreuChristine6) February 11, 2018
— LMVL SoCal (@LMVLSoCal) February 11, 2018
How that fire didn’t melt under all the heat is beyond me.
The whole Latino vibe gave the ice dancing program, which can sometimes be a bit of a snooze, a bit of, well…
Canada's Virtue/Moir are skating to a Spanish rendition of Hotel California and I know shit about skating but the whole performance was pure sex & perfection. Gotdamn ???????? #Olympics #FigureSkating #Canada
— Catherine Epstein (@floatingtospace) February 11, 2018
Yeah, it definitely got warm in that arena.
But we all know that at the end of the day, música Latina just makes for a better party!
I like how the skating pair teams are skating to Spanish music for the free style skating category in the Winter Olympics.
Maybe it's just me because I'm Latina, but I think Spanish music has a certain dancing “zest" to it
— Steph ? (@steph_the_wolf) February 11, 2018
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