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Olympic horse dances to ‘Smooth’ by Santana ft. Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty

Somehow, this didn't win a medal.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 15, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 6:24 am CDT

Usain Bolt‘s smile may have inspired a slew of memes, but a four-legged Olympic competitor proved to be a meme in its own right. 

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That is indeed a “German-bred warmblood horse” named Lorenzo performing to an orchestral medley arrangement that includes both “Smooth” by Santana ft. Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 and Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life”—said life being one of top-tier competition to the sizzling guitar licks of “Smooth” by Santana ft. Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20.

Given that the triple-Grammy-award-winning 1999 Latin fusion hit single has enjoyed a second life as a not-all-that-ironic meme of late, it will surprise you not at all that people fairly lost their shit.  

Yet, while everyone agreed that Lorenzo’s routine was a hot one—he gave us his heart, made it real—he and rider Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez placed fourth, falling just shy of a medal for Spain, Santana, Rob Thomas, and awesome horses everywhere. The Olympics are a joke.

Neither Carlos Santana nor Rob Thomas have publicly commented on this athletic atrocity, but it goes without saying that either would give their world to lift Lorenzo up, would change their life to better suit his mood.

Because he’s so smooth.

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*First Published: Aug 15, 2016, 3:14 pm CDT