For any gamers watching the Artistic Gymnastics event, which gamers are wont to do, a cool surprise was provided by gymnast Elsa Garcia, who performed to a violin medely of songs from the Legend of Zelda. Garcia grew up playing Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64, and there is no doubt in my mind that game helped Garcia deal with over-bearing, annoying coaches.
Kotaku has the video of her routine, which got Garcia 35th place. BAnd holy crap that is insane. Like, she was doing flips, all right? FLIPS. She jumped into the air and turned her entire body around more than three times in the air! Mario doesn't have anything on Elsa Garcia!
Then again, Garcia's platforms don't ever disappear and leave her to fall to her death.
I honestly can't comprehend the routine Elsa Garcia did not being worth first place. But then again, I ddin't watch any of the other competitors, mostly because they didn't use video game music. But 34 people did better than that? How could that be? Do they have gymnasts that don't even touch the ground? Do they just levitate?
This is less fair than the time Collossus threw shotput.
Garcia's sister, Laura Garcia, wrote a piece explaining that er sister had suffered a last-minute double hand injury that kept her from performing at her peak. And I get it, an injury can make it seem impossible to summon the courage to press on. But I can't help but think that things might have turned out differently if, instead of Zelda music, she'd picked some music that can't help but inspire a competetor to be their best.
Guile's theme brings out the best in us all. .
What video game music would you like to see in the next Olympics? Let me know on twitter @mikeyfromsu or in the comments below!
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