Olympic figure skaters often develop a theme for their programs, whether it’s matching their outfits to the music, or just some artistic choreography. But when the skating matches a theme, it’s usually some sort of love story or something vaguely inspirational. Not so for Evgenia Medevedeva, a favorite to win the gold medal, who reportedly themed her short program around “clinical death.” Fun!
Deadspin reports that Medvedeva, who is skating with the Olympic athletes from Russia, gave her short program a pretty morbid theme. Viewers in the U.S. who were watching the “enhanced” version of the broadcast, which includes fun facts on screen, picked up on the theme during her short program. Medvedeva apparently has said that her short program is about “the flight of the soul” as it leaves the body at the point of “clinical death.”
This wasn’t the only Russian skater who really went all out with the themes. Ice dancers Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev acted out a scene about blindness during their program. And Twitter was living (or dying?) for the drama.
Deadspin also notes this isn’t the first time Medvedeva went dark, either. During the 2016-2017 season, she skated to music from the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which is about 9/11. The music even included the sirens from that day and a speech from President Bush. So clinical death is actually a happier turn for Medvedeva. You can watch that program below: