Metal Band Disturbed Makes Olympic Debut

Figure skaters competing at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang are drawing inspiration from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé and, fittingly, Coldplay and Snow Patrol.

It’s the first time the International Skating Union has allowed music with lyrics.

Fans are loving it.

Social media lit up after France’s Vanessa James and Moran Ciprès skated to a 2015 cover of “Sound of Silence” by metal band Disturbed.

“Is this real life,” wondered Christine Rousselle on Twitter. Ali Miller tweeted: “Guess the olympics are down with the sickness.”

There were similar reactions after Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated to “El Tango de Roxanne” – a twist on The Police classic “Roxanne” performed by José Feliciano, Ewan McGregor and Jacek Koman on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack.

The pair even got a shout-out on Twitter from the film’s director Baz Luhrmann.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford used a cover of U2’s “With or Without You” by April Meservy. French skater Maé-Bérénice Méité used Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” and “Halo.”

Among the songs heard on the ice at the Games are Jeff Buckley’s famous cover of “Hallelujah” by Canada’s Leonard Cohen and a couple of songs recorded by Canadian k.d. lang.