The Indispensable Olympian

The man the Olympics can't do without.

The man the Olympics can’t do without.


We are in full Olympics overload here at Totally Unauthorized world headquarters, and I’m starting to notice some weird trends, the biggest of which is that they simply could not have an ice skating competition without the swelling strains of Andrew Lloyd Weber, in the WalMart background arrangement.

I’ve seen ice skating routines to Les Miz, to Phantom, to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

What I haven’t seen is anyone dancing to anything genuinely modern or hip.  I thought there was something contemporary when someone skated to Bohemian Rhapsody, then I looked it up and saw that it was written in 1975.

I guess that’s still better than the pair who were dancing to the music from the Addams Family.

These skaters are all young and vibrant, and all performing to music that is older than they are.  We go to the ballet and see pieces choreographed to Willie Nelson, why do Olympic skaters gravitate to elevator music?



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