During the ladies’ short event, French figure skater Maé-Bérénice Méité carved out a place for herself by skating to music including the Beyoncé hits.
Although Méité’s Olympics routine was marred by a fall, the French figure skater delivered an inspired performance to a medley of Beyoncé music.
Méité skated to the singer’s “Run the World (Girls),” as well as a rendition of “Halo,” during the ladies’ short program Saturday night (Feb. 10). She ranked in ninth place.
Méité expressively floated and twirled around the ice winning the hearts of the world, despite her fall, with her boundary-pushing music (this is the first Olympics at which skaters are allowed to use music with lyrics!) and even more daring ensemble.
— Rachel Rose Gold (@RachelRoseGold1) February 11, 2018
These Twitter reactions sum it up.
Meet Maé-Bérénice Méité, an Olympic Figure Skater from France.
– Dark skinned black woman
– Wore pants for her routine
– Skated to Beyoncé
— Annie Y (@BooksAndBoujee) February 11, 2018
France's Maé-Bérénice Méité skated IN PANTS, and ended her Beyoncé medley with "Run the World (Girls)". Girl, you are an #OlympicHero
— Jess Mason (@JessLovesLit) February 11, 2018
I don’t care about how the skate goes, but Mae-Berenice Meité wearing pants and skating to Beyoncé is a powerful thing
— Andrea (@aaperezzle) February 11, 2018
Unfortunately, the judges weren’t as impressed, giving her a score of 46.62, putting her in ninth place. Did she lose points for her pants? Not possible. According to the NBC Olympics page, “Ladies in singles and pairs can wear a skirt, pants or tights.” However, that wasn’t always the rule. After Katarina Witt came out on the ice in a few feathers barely covering her behind in 1988, the International Skating Union enacted a rule that women had to wear skirts. That rule was overturned in the early 2000s, bringing back the pants.
Saturday night’s figure skating also included ice dancing with the short dance program, which heavily featured Latin rhythms. South Korea’s ice skating team, Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin, performed to a medley of songs that began with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” while China’s Shiyue Wang and Xinyu Liu also danced to a cover of the hit song.