When you watch the PyeongChang Olympics’ figure skating competitions this year, you might notice that skaters are (finally) allowed to skate to songs with lyrics. Before, skaters could only use instrumental tracks—but the International Skating Union switched up the rules to appeal to a younger audience. One skater who took advantage of the new rule? France’s Maé-Bérénice Méité, who did an incredible job taking Beyoncé to the ice.
In a black-and-gold sequined jumpsuit—no skirts here!—that the Lemonade singer herself would surely rock on stage, Méité performed her routine to an amazing medley of Queen B’s hits “Run The World (Girls)” and “Halo.”
According to Cosmopolitan, Méité chose Beyoncé because she’s an accurate reflection of her personality. “[Her music] is crazy, wild, and fun,” she told the publication. “You can just dance to it, and that’s how I am.”
The 23-year-old Olympian admits it was an unconventional choice—some of her competitors still skated to classical music artists like Chopin despite the rule change—but she really wanted to do something unique.
— alejandra🌙♡ (@la_Strange) February 11, 2018
“But I’m different, too, so [going in] I was like, ‘Why not go for it?” she continued.
Though Méité fell during her routine and ultimately landed in ninth place, supporters came out in full force to applaud her performance on Twitter.
— Elizabeth Smith (@eeeeelizzzzz) February 11, 2018
Omg… who is this skater from France skating to Beyonce in the best costume I’ve ever seen? I want to be her best friend… she is #goals
— Brittany Kaplan (@BrittanyLKaplan) February 11, 2018
It literally doesn't matter what happens put on the ice with @MBMeite she is such 🔥🔥🔥 to watch every time
— Ashley Wagner (@AshWagner2010) February 11, 2018
catching up on last night's figure skating. France's Maé-Bérénice Méité is wearing a sparkly jump suit and skating to Beyonce's Run the World and I love. it.
— Allison Klein (@nyalli) February 11, 2018
Watching women's short program figure skating and I have to say the music selections are much improved by allowing vocals. Maé-Bérénice Méité is an utter badass.
— Angela Galvan (@panoptigoth) February 11, 2018
Méité later tweeted out to her fans to thank them for all of the love and support on social media.
She wrote, “OMG I’M OVERWHELMED BY THE LOVE YOU ARE SHOWING ME TWITTER ! I’M CRYING OF JOY IN FRONT OF MY PHONE, THANK YOU!”
OMG I'M OVERWHELMED BY THE LOVE YOU ARE SHOWING ME TWITTER ! I'M CRYING OF JOY IN FRONT OF MY PHONE, THANK YOU 😭😍😍❤❤❤
— Maé-Bérénice Méité (@MBMeite) February 11, 2018
Watch her full performance here.
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) February 11, 2018
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