The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea mark the first Olympic games where figure skaters can perform to songs with lyrics. Earlier this week, French figure skater Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé’s 2011 hit single “Run the World (Girls)” during the ladies’ short program. Japan’s figure skating pair, Kana Muramoto and Chris Reed, competed to Ryuichi Sakamoto.
In a strange turn of events, France’s figure skating pair—Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres—chose to compete to Chicago heavy metal band Disturbed during their free skate routine. They performed a dramatic program to Disturbed’s 2015 cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1964 classic “The Sound of Silence.” Watch a snippet of the routine below via NBC.
"Figure skating transcends pop culture." A beautiful performance by Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres paired with Disturbed's chilling cover of "Sound of Silence." #WinterOlympics https://t.co/KX4CHncv2t pic.twitter.com/8PSZ78XzRD
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 15, 2018
For their short program, James and Cipres went in a different direction and performed to Ed Sheeran’s version of Foy Vance’s “Make It Rain.”