Sunday, September 1, 2013

Most Crowd Pandering Choices in Floor Exercise Music

This past weekend, I've binged on YouTube gymnastics videos from 1991, which reminded me about Cristina Bontas' masterpiece from the same year. That year the world championships were held in the U.S. and she chose a medley of Americana that started and ended with the Star Spangled Banner and included bits of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again" and "Yankee Doodle." This is my choice for the most pandering choice in floor exercise.

But Bontas is not the only one to try to win the crowd over in such an obvious and heavy-handed way. Back in 1996, Dominique Moceanu won the crowd in Atlanta over by using an instrumental version of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." I would say it went over pretty well with the partisan crowd:

Back in 2004, Svetlana Khorkina used "Goodbye My Love, Goodbye" by Greek singer Demis Roussos that seemed quite familiar to the home crowd:

And most recently in 2012, Russian gymnast Viktoria Komova used a musical medley that included "We Will Rock You" from British band Queen and snippets of Brit Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good." (I don't think this was the best musical selection for Komova but I will never complain about anything that includes Amy Winehouse. You know how I feel about her.)

I don't fault a gymnast for choosing music that will give her an edge in scoring. But the national anthem of the host country? Why not recite "The Pledge of Allegiance?"

Or how about not. Gymnasts, it's a floor routine, not a citizen ship test.

(This is list by no means exhaustive. Please suggest other extremely pander-y floor routines.)

1 comment:

asahinyc said...

Beth Tweddle did hers to James Bond last year. And for some reason I feel like the Romanians do this more--didn't one of theirs in '96 do a set to American music? (Stoically, of course ;)