Daft Punk’s music made an unlikely appearance at the Winter Olympics yesterday (February 6).
A medley featuring a series of tracks from the former dance duo’s final album ‘Random Access Memories‘ was used to soundtrack a routine in the US figure skating Team Event in Beijing.
The team were sitting in third place behind Japan in a battle for the silver medal before Madison Chock and Evan Bates performed their Daft Punk routine which included snippets of ‘Within’, ‘Contact’ and ‘Touch’.
As a result the team picked up the silver medal. You can view the pair’s routine below.
USA's Chock/Bates channel Daft Punk to win team ice dance | Winter Olympics 2022 | NBC Sports pic.twitter.com/PCmjpiqKLL
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Daft Punk split last February after 28 years together. The Parisian duo confirmed the news in an eight-minute video called ‘Epilogue’, which featured footage from their 2006 sci-fi film Electroma.
Following the news, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker likened it to the emotional impact of a death.
He added: “I mean, I guess I wasn’t expecting to be as emotional as I was […] It was almost like when you hear about someone that’s died. I know it’s obviously not nearly as tragic as when someone dies, but that kind of shock.”
Streams of the duo’s music rose dramatically following the break-up announcement, while the likes of Nile Rodgers, The Weeknd and The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas all paid tribute to the pair.
Meanwhile, Thomas Bangalter has since scored a ballet called Mythologies at Bordeaux’s Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux last summer. It was performed by the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine.