The snowboarding champion, 27, is about to head into his third Olympics, but the part-time guitarist (for the band Bad Things) is also a full-time music fan

By Kyle Anderson
January 30, 2014 at 05:00 AM EST

Jay Z, ”My 1st Song”
“Jay talks about treating everything like it’s your first. I really like that. I’ve won the Olympics before, so why do it again? You’ve got to dig deep and find that reason you really wanted it in the first place.”

Black Lips, ”Bad Kids”
“I love that these guys aren’t perfect — it’s not like every note is pristine. In sports, it’s about perfection, getting the score, and music isn’t like that. It was a realization.”

David Bowie, ”Moonage Daydream”
“I just think it’s the baddest way to start a song: by screaming ‘I’m an alligator!’ It works because it’s so powerful.”

Bad Things, ”Caught Inside”
“I didn’t want to be that guy to pick his own band’s song, but this really captures everyone’s strengths. We worked so hard, and this was the one song that came through and we were like, ‘This is great as it is.'”

Phantogram, ”Fall in Love”
“I’m friends with the band, and I said, ‘I’m gonna be out training, stay at my place.’ So they were living at my house in L.A. while they were recording this album, and they snuck me this track early and I loved it. The breakdowns are so cool.”