18-Story National Anthem Will Help You Get into Olympic Spirit

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 7, 2014

Despite opinions you might have about the host country or controversies offered by the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, you'll likely agree that the Olympic movement is a beautiful and moving experience shared by so many nations. It makes this impromptu performance the perfect way to kick things off. 

Before we get too far along, there are some people to thank. First, we would like to hat tip reader Abby for bringing our attention to the Facebook page of one Michelle Johnson

Johnson was in Louisville at the same time as the Kentucky Music Educators Association. Unfortunately, that meant things were a tad noisy. 

As she states in the description, about 1,000 kids were also staying in the same place, causing, as they are wont to do, a great deal of "ruckus."

Well, you take the good with the bad, and Johnson soon witnessed something that should bring a smile and perhaps even a tear to your eye. 

The high school kids encompass choirs staying at the hotel, and 18 levels of them engaged in a flawless and emotional rendition of the national anthem. 

Sometimes, a ruckus can be a beautiful thing. 

We did some digging, and it seems like this is something of a tradition. Discover Louisville spotted the following video version that also features the start of the singing: 

The video was uploaded to YouTube by Ben Vivona, who wrote, "Every night of the All State Choir conference at about 11pm, everyone comes out to the balconies of the 18 story Hyatt hotel to sing the National Anthem," so this is more tradition than Olympic-fueled display of patriotism. 

Still, we simply have to echo what is written over at Discover Louisville: "Though it’s a great coincidence, this annual tradition of singing the National Anthem at the Hyatt Hotel fits so well with the commencement of the SOCHI Winter Olympics and is pure beauty."

Most of the world will come together in the next couple of weeks, bringing a modicum of order amid the usual chaos. Athletes will compete, medals will be won, and fans will scream with pride. 

For just a moment, most are joined in celebration, which makes this moving performance of normally rambunctious teens a fantastic way to get into the Olympic spirit. 

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