ESPN Music: Nirvana

Ryan Lochte talks Nirvana, music playlist

February, 11, 2013
videoFor ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we persuaded 14 athletes to re-create some of the most memorable album covers. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be running behind-the-scenes interviews with each athlete, as well as their own personal playlists.

• Athlete: Ryan Lochte, Olympic gold-medal swimmer
• As: The baby on Nirvana’s "Nevermind" (1991)

What was your reaction upon hearing about this shoot?

I was excited because they wanted to shoot me in my element and in water. I was thrilled they wanted me. When I'm in the water, I couldn't be more happy.

What do you know about Nirvana?

I know of Nirvana, and I've listened to a couple of their songs, but it's not on my normal playlist that I would listen to to go to a swim meet.

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