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Olympic figure skating to The Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog wasn't on our 2022 bingo card

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If the idea of Kiss and Elton John soundtracking Winter Olympics ice dance routines came as something of a surprise, the sight of Russian figure skater Alexandra Trusova performing to a cover of The Stooges classic I Wanna Be Your Dog was even more startling. Almost as startling as the furious tantrum the star skater threw after learning she would only score a silver medal for her overall performance in Beijing.

Trusova topped the leaderboard in her event after her free skate performance, which was set to a cover of The Stooges' punk rock classic recorded by English actor John McCrea for the film Cruella, but the 17-year-old's fourth place ranking in the short program meant she finished second overall, behind her team mate Anna Shcherbakova.

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After missing out on a gold medal, according to Reuters, the distraught teenager was heard to say, “Everyone has a gold medal, everyone, but not me. I hate skating. I hate it. I hate this sport. I will never skate again. Never. It’s impossible. That’s now how it should be.”

Trusova later told the world's press that after her routine she “wanted to cry, so I cried. I’ve been three weeks alone without my mom, my dogs. So I cry.”

Paul Brannigan
Paul Brannigan

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.