What Coldplay Song Did Adam Rippon Free Skate To? His 2018 Winter Olympics Routine Was Magic

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You may have thought you'd heard enough Coldplay to last you a lifetime. That is, until you watched Adam Rippon free skate to a Coldplay song at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The athlete glided across the ice to "O" and on top of changing their minds about Coldplay, also stole viewers' hearts.

The 2018 Olympic Games are the first to allow skaters to perform to songs that have lyrics. And though watching ice skating routines has always been the highlight of the games, the new rule change is making them even more captivating. Before the games began, Rippon spoke at length with Billboard about the rule change and his taste in music. He explained why he was so drawn to Coldplay's "O" in the first place.

Well, now that he explains it that way.

Billboard also noted that the music rule change happened around the same time he came out as gay. He suggested to the magazine that the timing couldn't have been better. It allowed him to express himself and take chances.

And skate to Coldplay he did. The song "O," also known as "O (Fly On)," came out on Ghost Stories, the band's sixth studio album released in 2014. The song is actually made of two separate songs: "O" and "Fly On" as you might have guessed.

In the normal version of the album, there are two minutes of silence between the tracks, and the deluxe version fuses them together. Though the single ranked 107 and 108 in France and the United Kingdom, respectively, it didn't score as high in the charts in the United States.

After his performance to the song, Rippon spoke with NBC and said that he'll be cheering on his teammates now.

Then, the reporter asked Rippon if the Olympics is everything he expected. "Andrea," he sighed, "it's like pretty awesome. I highly recommend it. If you ever have the option, like come to the Olympics. It's like a fun time. And you know, today was just so special. So much fun." And America fell in love with him all over again.

In fact, lots of people were pretty upset the men's free skate judges didn't give his performance a better score. Ultimately, he ranked third place behind Canada and Russia.

Regardless of what he scored in the judges' eyes on Sunday night, it looks like he's secured the number one spot in his fans' hearts.