Michael Phelps’ Pre-Race Playlist Includes Music From Eric Church

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Before any race, Olympic swimmer and 22-time gold medalist Michael Phelps can be seen in the corner, with his signature game face and massive headphones on.

Apparently, this pre-game technique works, as Michael has become one of the most decorated Olympians of all time, but it leaves me wondering — what exactly is the 31-year-old athlete listening to that gets him so pumped up?


In a recent interview with the New York Times, Michael actually revealed some of the artists on his pre-race playlist and, surprisingly enough, country sensation Eric Church was named alongside Eminem and Young Jeezy.

While Michael said Eric was a new addition to the list, I have no trouble believing that Eric’s country twang and guitar-shredding tunes are the perfect sounds to get Michael’s blood pumping before a race.

Now this just leaves me with one more question — if I listen to Eric, Eminem and Young Jeezy, will I become Michael Phelps? Please?