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The U.S. Ice Dancing Olympic Team Skated To Daft Punk

The U.S. Ice Dancing Olympic Team Skated To Daft Punk

The Winter Olympics include some of the most random sports known to man. For example, what the hell is “skeleton?” When was the last time you saw someone “curling?” Thankfully, the event balances this out by being the home to one of the most visually stunning winter sports: ice dancing.

U.S. Olympic skaters Madison Chock and Evan Bates headed out on the rink on February 6 and surprised everyone with a performance set to none other than Daft Punk.

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Ice dancing to Daft Punk is already unexpected, but Chock and Bates took it to the next level by picking some French electronic duo’s deeper cuts.

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The athletes eschewed obvious hits like “One More Time,” “Around the World,” or the 2013 radio hit, “Get Lucky” in favor of a medley of songs from Daft Punk’s final album, Random Access Memories.

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Chock and Bates kicked off their performance with the album’s closing track “Contact,” then into “Within,” and closed it off with a finale set to “Touch.”

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The soundtrack and the performance were hits. The duo placed first with a score of 129.07, their international personal best for the duo as well as a contribution to the U.S. team’s silver medal in the overall team event.

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In 2021, Daft Punk announced their breakup with a 8-minute cinematic video titled “Epilogue,” which also featured an excerpt from “Touch.”

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Watch Chock and Bates’ Olympic ice dancing performance here.

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