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'Y.M.C.A' played at full blast at speedskating arena

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - "Y.M.C.A," for many a gay anthem, was played at full blast by organizers over the public address system at the Adler Arena speedskating oval during Saturday's competition.

With the crowd dancing and hopping to the disco hit of the Village People, the organizers pre-empted a difficult choice for the Dutch brass band that always performs at Olympic speed skating ovals, since Kleintje Pils feared performing the song might antagonize the Russian authorities.

The oompah band will arrive only next weekend and had feared it might impede a ban on information about "nontraditional sexual relations" signed into law by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Band leader Ruud Bakker said he wanted to include it in its sing-along repertoire as "a signal" even though he did not want to become part of a "political game." Over the past weeks, it briefly threatened to become a political issue in the Netherlands, known for its liberal views on sexuality.

Now that organizers played the song themselves, the issue appears to be off the table. Venue organizers can pick from a playlist of 4,600 tracks approved by the Sochi organizing committee, said venue press manager Cornelia Schmid.

It went on during an intermission at the oval when a presenter asked a fan what song she wanted to hear. When it turned out to be "Y.M.C.A," the tune was immediately unleashed on the crowd.

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Dan February 09 2014 at 8:22 AM

And now for an encore, It's Raining Men?

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redwingirish Dan February 09 2014 at 8:43 AM

You would enjoy that!

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gserlin February 09 2014 at 3:54 PM

I never thought of the YMCA as a gay place; never thought of YMCA as a gay song. As for politics entering the discussion, the Olympics have always been a political thing. The first Olympics were started as a way to avoid wars by engaging the best fit people, the athletes, in other activities than war. If that is not "playing" politics, nothing is.

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jmoore1248 February 09 2014 at 8:26 PM

Well the village people were gay so it sort of fits. lol

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suncruzma February 09 2014 at 8:38 PM

awesome that is all I can say regardless of straight or gay great song

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tx80111 February 09 2014 at 2:01 PM

I feel the coverage of the Olympics has been disgusting. This is about the worlds greatest athletes coming together to compete, it should not be some bashfest of Russia and it culture. The "cold war" is suppose to be over, let's grow up America and show that we are the better people.

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jrb359 February 09 2014 at 2:04 PM

Another day, another gay story. The Olympics should NOT be used for politics.

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Elaine February 10 2014 at 12:21 AM

I alway liked that song it is only a song. BFD. People always hve to make a big case out of nothing

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belldn3 February 09 2014 at 11:51 PM

Too funny. And they're wearing the Denver Bronco's colors..................??????? Quite sure it's just a coincidence.

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damsel16 February 09 2014 at 9:04 PM

Ha Ha...gotta love those cheeky Dutch!

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newyorkclasher February 09 2014 at 11:19 PM

The Russian government respects moral values ? The government is in place by the graces of the Russian Mafia....Look sideways at any Russian politician and the Mafia will will make sure that your body will never be found...I don't expect this post to be accepted...

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