During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, EW.com wanted to find out what music is inspiring US athletes. So we asked a variety of Olympic competitors what song (or playlist of songs) they’ll be grooving to before they compete. We’ll run these throughout the Games. Good luck, Team USA!
Curt Tomasevicz, four-man bobsled (on NBC tonight)
“Simply put: greatest song ever. I love the sound, feel, and lyrics”
“I listened to the song when I was on the plane to join the bobsled team for first time.”
“Lyrics contain simple and true life lessons.”
“I love the sound of the blend of the voices.”
“Mike McCready playing great guitar & Eddie Vedder’s wonderful singing. It can be interpreted different ways for different people. It’s a somber and deep meaningful song to me.”
“It’s a real fun song to play bass with. The lyrics are fun and it’s one of my all time favorites.”
“One of the greatest American rockers. Song just makes me feel instantly released from the pressure of the moment.”
“One of the greatest “jam” songs. They are musical geniuses and have a unique sound.”
“I like the CS sound. Usually happy, upbeat music.”
“Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” by Spin Doctors
“Just reminds me of a girl I once dated!”
Tomasevicz reveals: “Basically, I love the ’90s alternative/grunge style. I like music with energy and emotion, whether that emotion is hate, love, rage, or sadness. I really appreciate great instrument talent, i.e. great guitar playing. Some people can seem to make a guitar talk and sing. Some of my favorite songs don’t need lyrics, just a long jam session with great guitar.
“Before I compete, I listen to Pearl Jam, Rearview Mirror Disc 1. The songs get me going and build my adrenaline. Pushing a bobsled is one big burst of energy, so I need to build my focus to climax at one brief moment. This type of music does that for me.
“I play bass guitar and love just jamming and playing for hours to great songs. My dream day would be a jam session with Pearl Jam. Could that be arranged?”