Why Music Matters: Luge Athlete Christian Niccum - Music of Champions

If you’re an athlete, there’s nothing like music to pump you up before a competition. And if your sport is sledding down ice on your back at 90 mph, it’s even more important.

American Luge Team member Christian Niccum explains how just the right music helped him break the record on one of the world’s most difficult luge tracks.


Listen to the story:

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Song Artist
Destiny Zero 7
Heart of Gold Neil Young
Four Leaf Clover Badly Drawn Boy
Superman (jungle remix) Aphrodite
Under The Milky Way Tonight The Church
Oceanside The Decemberists
Lullaby _ghost
Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division
Gentle Moon Sun Kill Moon
Wild Horses The Sundays
Heroin Velvet Underground
Set Yourself On Fire Stars

For a taste of the action, you can watch a video of the American Luge Team training in Lake Placid, NY:

Music used in this piece: “Heroin” by The Velvet Underground.

Want to learn more about the music in this piece? KEXP documentaries looks into the stories behind the music of the Velvet Underground, and Nico with the Velvet Underground.

Watch out! More stories in the Why Music Matters series comin’ atcha!

Produced by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, 2010 AIR Live Interactive Resident. Editorial oversight by Kevin Cole. Mastered by Matt Ogaz. Live Interactive is a collaboration of KEXP and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio with financial support from AIR members worldwide, Recovery.gov, and the National Endowment for the Arts which believe a great nation deserves great art.

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