Whether or not you know an axel from a lutz, most Olympic viewers will recognize AC/DC during a performance. Rock fans have enjoyed the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Recent songs include “Back in Black” and “Thunderstruck.”
With black leather pants and a back patch, Hungary’s Ivett Toth stood up with her fingerless gloves and fans cheered on. The performance also earned the ice skater her best score of the day, but she was a little shy of winning of a medal.
Both of these songs were made famous in the 1980s with the AC/DC album Back in Black, and then 1990’s The Razor’s Edge.
AC/DC Brings Out An Athlete’s Image
In a sport where performances are judged by athletic abilities and image, it truly makes a statement to choose songs from AC/DC. It’s possible that the skater was even reminding fans of the movie I, Tonya about former Olympian Tonya Harding.
Toth is a prime example of a performer and athlete tossing out the formalities to do something from the heart. After all, fans don’t only want to see who can land a quad jump, they also want to see what kind of music the skater will choose.
If nothing else, AC/DC makes quite the statement.
Choosing To Use Songs With Lyrics
Ironically, this has been the first Winter Games were athletes were able to use songs with lyrics. This came after a rule change from the International Skating Union, so skaters have had lots more choices for performances this year.
Other rock choices include Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. The duo performance to a medley of songs from the Rolling Stones, such as “Sympathy for the Devil,” along with the Eagle’s “Hotel California” and “Oye Como Va” by Santana.
In addition, artists such as Kansas and Gary Moore actually accompanied skater’s routines. Plus, there were covers such as April Meservy’s take on “With or Without You” by U2 and Disturbed’s version of “South of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel.
What do you think of 2018’s Winter Games? Which classic rock did you enjoy seeing the most at the games?