French figure skater Mae Berenice Meite entered these 2018 Winter Olympics with no chance at making the podium, but she’s still managed to make the most of her time in the spotlight.
Meite’s star shines brightly during her performances, which have appealed to Olympic viewers who crave something that doesn’t feel cookie cutter — and there’s nothing ordinary about a world-class skater and athlete of her caliber skating her short program to Beyonce while wearing an incredible black jumpsuit.
The four-time French national champion entered the free skate on Thursday in 22nd place out of the 24 skaters who qualified, meaning she performed early in the night — but you better believe that people won’t forget her or her program.
Halfway through, the music transitioned from Chopin to an upbeat, modern DJ tune from CDC. Accompanying that switch was a clever costume change that, as figure skating legend Dick Button noted, was preferable to the wardrobe malfunction that her French teammate dealt with earlier in the week.
— Rachel Rose Gold (@RachelRoseGold1) February 23, 2018
Meite – a costume change, better than a malfunction
— Dick Button (@PushDicksButton) February 23, 2018
I'm all here for Mae Berenice Meite's mid-program costume change. #PyeongChang2018
— Jackie Wong (@rockerskating) February 23, 2018
It was a really delightful moment from a skater who otherwise could’ve flown under the radar. Hopefully it inspires other skaters to give their own costumes a bit more flourish. If they need any further ideas for how to spice up their on the ice fashion, I’m pretty sure Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir could provide some tips of their own.