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The Legend of Zelda Music Makes Olympics Appearance

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

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The Legend of Zelda franchise may not have the same raw selling power reserved almost exclusively for Mario, but it still has a significant and passionate worldwide fanbase. One of the defining and iconic parts of the series is its music, and it seems that a Mexican gymnast called Elsa Garcia Rodriguez Blancas is a fan, as she used a Zelda medley for her gymnastics qualification routine at the Olympics.

This isn't the first appearance of Nintendo at the Games, either, with many spotting a cameo for 3DS during the opening ceremony, with a young boy playing the system during a segment intro; we can only assume that Nintendo sponsored the ceremony, or director Danny Boyle just happens to be a fan. In terms of this gymnastics appearance, meanwhile, the arrangement features a few of the best-loved melodies from the series, and this specific recording was from violinist Lindsey Stirling.

As the IOC (International Olympic Committee) is extremely precious about its footage of the Games, we'll instead bring you the full medley from Lindsey Stirling, below.

[via kotaku.com]

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User Comments (36)

BenAV

#1

BenAV said:

I've been looking for the footage because I haven't seen it.
It's a shame you can't show it but thanks for the medley. :P

ThomasBW84Admin

#9

ThomasBW84 said:

@TOMBOY25 Yeah, I think it's bouncing around on one or two other sites as well. We've opted to play it safe with that one, which is why I put the music video instead. :)

FluttershyGuy

#11

FluttershyGuy said:

That's awesome! Always happy to see video game music get attention it deserves (it's my fav genre of music). In the last Winter Olympics, I remember a figure skater use Final Fantasy music (seems like it was FF VIII's classic Liberi Fatali). Anyone else remember this?

NintyMan

#14

NintyMan said:

Cool, I didn't know about this. It's always a good thing whenvideo game music gets of any kind of attention outside video games. I can see Zelda music as something that would fit Olympic gymnastics.

WingedSnagret

#15

WingedSnagret said:

Mexico is now awesome. Now if we can get somebody to have Smash Bros. music of some kind, or a special NASCAR race with Mario Kart music playing in the stands...

DarkEdi

#17

DarkEdi said:

I thought you never publish this new but there it is. Excellent. I was surprised too when i heard she used the Zelda music in her rutine. I´m a proud mexican and she is beautiful.

x-mas_mii

#18

x-mas_mii said:

that video makes me think of 2-player co-op in LoZ:SS one as link the other as a female character.

Morpheel

#22

Morpheel said:

Way to go, Mexico!

So bad her routine wasn't good enough to win us a medal, though. At least she won a lot of gamers.

Rapadash6

#23

Rapadash6 said:

The girl in the video IS talented (and cute too), but I always feel uncomfortable watching things like this. It's like, even though I know that I'm kind of a nerd and really shouldn't be saying anything about it, I can detect when something has breached the line between quirky and total geekdom. Yeah, I said it! Videos where people dress up as elves while playing video game music on a violin to awkward choreography is TOO nerdy for me! :p

FonistofCruxis

#24

FonistofCruxis said:

That was a fantastic video, she's very talented. Its also good to see VG music being used outside of videogames themselves.

Morpheel

#26

Morpheel said:

Just to clarify, this news is about the girl who used that music on her olympic routine, not the girl in the video.

Henmii

#34

Henmii said:

Cool! I just hope it was her own idea and that she wasn't forced by Nintendo (you know sponsoring and stuff)! If she really is a Zelda fan, then it's fun to see she wants to share it with the world!

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