The Winnipeg Free Press recently spoke with Olympic snowboarder Canadian Jeff Batchelor and others about the music they listens to before hitting the halfpipe. You can read the entire article here, this is what Jeff had to say:
WEST VANCOUVER, B.C. – The crowd erupts as the announcer belts your name and rock n’ roll echoes from below.
Sounds like the perfect atmosphere to pump up an Olympic athlete, right?
Not on the halfpipe, where snowboarders are rocking out to their own beat.
“It kind of blocks out all the peripherals and when the crowd’s down (there) roaring, I’ll be listening to like ‘Drop The World’ by Lil Wayne or something like that,” said Canadian Jeff Batchelor, who cranks up his iPod during training and competition.
“I have a pretty killer playlist that I just sort of let run through, but four minutes before my run I like to throw on the Cops theme song ‘Bad Boys.”‘
Rules allow halfpipe riders to listen to their own music at events, including the Olympics, and many are wired for sound when as they drop into the pipe.
Batchelor’s current staples include Eminem, Avenged Sevenfold, Jay Z, tracks from snowboard videos and songs from the video game “Rock Band.”