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:
|Heart of Gold||Neil Young|
|Four Leaf Clover||Badly Drawn Boy|
|Superman (jungle remix)||Aphrodite|
|Under The Milky Way Tonight||The Church|
|Love Will Tear Us Apart||Joy Division|
|Gentle Moon||Sun Kill Moon|
|Wild Horses||The Sundays|
|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.
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