As the 2010 Winter Olympics kicks off in Vancouver, 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!

Shannon Bahrke, Freestyle Skiing (UPDATE: Shannon won the bronze medal on Feb. 13! Congrats Shannon!)

“The one song that I always listen to before I get in the gate is ‘Just Dance’ by Lady Gaga. I really associate skiing with dancing because they are both so much fun and get my mind relaxed. If I’m rocking out and dancing up at the top it makes me feel ready to kick a little ass!! Also on my iPod Shuffle is some more Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Cascada, Ke$ha, and Sean Paul. They each have such great songs and get me in that dancing state of mind!”

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