As Team USA gears up for the biggest sporting events of their lives in London, they need some motivation to push themselves in ways they never have before. Our Olympians use music to push their training to the next level in every workout and warmup. Get into the minds of our mightiest athletes by taking a peek at their Pregame Playlists.
Events: 200m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley, 200m Freestyle, 400m Individual Medley, 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Ryan Lochte has 6 Olympic medals to his name, including 3 golds, as well as 7 NCAA championships, 51 major international medals and a handful of world records. Lochte is considered by many to be the best swimmer in the world, known for his incredible short course ability, overall well roundedness and amazing talent for traveling incredible distances while kicking underwater.
LeBron James just completed his 9th year in the NBA as a member of the championship winning Miami Heat. LeBron is the reigning NBA MVP, his third time winning this award, as well as receiving the Finals MVP. London will be his third trip to the Olympics after winning the gold in 2008, and hopes to lead the 'New Dream Team' to a repeat.
Natasha Hastings has been a fixture of Team USA's 4x400m relay, appearing in the last three major championships and bringing home the gold each time. Hastings (52.57) had third-leg duty in the women’s 4x400m at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships where Team USA won their first-ever gold in the women's 4x400m relay at the World Indoor Championships in American record fashion, finishing in 3:27.34.
Event: 50m Three Position
Amanda Furrer is currently a student at Ohio State University majoring in Finance and competing on the Rifle Team. She qualified for the national team as a member of the 2007 Pan American Team at the age of 16. In 2011, she took bronze in the National Championships and back in 2010 she was part of the Gold medal, world-record setting Team USA. This will be Amanda’s first Olympic games.
London will be Carmelo’s third Olympics. He won Bronze in 2004 and Gold in 2008 as a member of Team USA. Carmelo attended Syracuse University where he led his team to a national championship in 2003. Anthony currently plays for the New York Knicks and is a five-time NBA All-Star.
Events: 3m, 3m Synchronized Spring Board
London will be Abby Johnston’s first trip to the Olympics. Johnston is a senior at Duke University in Durham, N.C. and is on the diving team. She won the national championship in 2011 and the ACC championship in 2009-2011 for the 3-meter spring board.
Kevin Love just completed his 3rd year in the NBA as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Prior to the NBA, Love played one year at UCLA where he was an All-American and the PAC-10 Player and Freshman of the Year. London will be Kevin's first Olympic games.
Sarah Groff is a world-class triathlete from Hanover, New Hampshire. Having qualified at the 2011 London WCS race, Sarah will represent the United States at the 2012 London Olympics. She ranks sixth in the ITU World Championship Series Rankings through six events, which include four top-seven finishes including a seventh place finish at the ITU Elite Sprint World Championships on August 2011.
Men's Volleyball Team
The USA Men's Indoor Volleyball team goes into London as the reigning Olympic champions and ranked 6th in the world. The 12-man roster is split 50/50 between returning Olympians and Olympic rookies. Chris Stanley, Reid Priddy, Rick Lambourne, David Lee, and Sean Rooney are all returning Olympians, 5 of whom were on the gold medal team in 2008. The first-time Olympians are Matt Anderson, Paul Lotman, Russell Holmes, David Smith, Brian Thorton, and David McKienzie. The team is coached by Alan Knipe.