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Every athlete has their favorite songs that they depend on to get them through the endless sets, miles, laps, and pieces necessary to make it to an Olympic games. If you think about it, the average athlete trains around 6 hours per day, 6 days per week, 48(ish) weeks per year, for at least a decade to represent their home country – and sometimes you just need a aural pick-me-up.
During the long winter months, few know the need for varied music more than rowers (10k piece ever?) and this is the 2012 playlist put together by the US Women’s National team for rowing to help them get through those long sets. For the second year in a row, 2008 Olympian Megan Kalmoe went to her teammates and asked them to submit a song. She then put the whole thing into a video and posted it to her blog and YouTube. The mix is… eclectic, but fun!
Of course, there’s still the requisite ‘The Distance’, which somehow makes every training playlist ever for the last 15 years, but there are quite a few surprises as well. What do you guys think? For extra credit, can you name the national team member in the video before their names appear in the text?