Thursday, December 26, 2013
What's on an Olympic athlete's playlist?
By ESPN Music
U.S. speed skater J.R. Celski has Kendrick Lamar on his training playlist.
Ever had this happen at the gym?
You're in the locker room, all geared up and ready to hit the treadmill -- until you realize your mp3 player is at home on the kitchen counter. And just like that, you're seriously considering blowing it off, because there's no way you're going to make it through half an hour of aerobic activity without your playlist.
And that's why you're not going to Sochi with Team USA. Do you think world-class winter athletes hang up their skates and skis when they accidentally leave their tunes at home? No way. They're well beyond needing "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC and the Sunshine Band to make it two miles on the eliptical. (Not that we'd know.)
What most of us do have in common with Team USA and the rest of the world's Olympic athletes is that they love workout music just as much we do. So maybe the music they're listening to can help the rest of us reach our health and fitness goals -- or at least make us feel like we're in Sochi, going for the gold.
Here's some workout playlists from five Team USA athletes, along with links where you can sample and download the music: