American Athletes: with Song through Life (54 pics)




Runner Alyssa Montano poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. “When I'm having an awful day training, I think of my daughter to inspire me”, said Montano. Montano said “Rise Up” by Andra Day was one song she would listen to before competition. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

American Athletes: with Song through Life

Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverl

Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. Harper-Nelson said “God in Me” by Mary Mary is a song that plays constantly in her head. “I just tell myself: work the plan, work the plan until the bitter, bitter end”, said Harper-Nelson of how she gets through tough days of training. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Hurdler Aries Merritt poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hil

Hurdler Aries Merritt poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. “If I had a song I would play before competition it would be “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled”, said Merritt. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Runner Allyson Felix poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hil1

Runner Allyson Felix poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hil11, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. “I love the song “I'm a Diva” by Beyonce because it's like my alter ego”, said Felix. “I want to be the best and I have to get through this to do it”, says Felix of working through tough training sessions. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Runner Allyson Felix poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hill

Runner Allyson Felix poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverl

Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. Harper-Nelson said “God in Me” by Mary Mary is a song that plays constantly in her head. “I just tell myself: work the plan, work the plan until the bitter, bitter end”, said Harper-Nelson of how she gets through tough days of training. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverl

Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Runner Alyssa Montano poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hil

Runner Alyssa Montano poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 201. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Swimmer Matt Grevers poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hill

Swimmer Matt Grevers poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. “I like listening to Monsters of Men, Incubus”, said Grevers. “I think about what it felt like in 2012 to stand on top of the podium and I think I want it again”. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Swimmer Simone Manuel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hil

Swimmer Simone Manuel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. “I haven't been listening to much music while training”, said Manuel, “but I always listen to a lot of Christian and gospel music; that keeps me motivated and going”. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Gymnast Gaby Douglas poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hill

Gymnast Gaby Douglas poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Gymnast Gaby Douglas poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hill

Gymnast Gaby Douglas poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Gymnast Gaby Douglas poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hill

Gymnast Gaby Douglas poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Gymnast Madison Kocian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hi

Gymnast Madison Kocian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Gymnast Maggie Nichols poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hi

Gymnast Maggie Nichols poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Gymnast Sam Mikulak poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills

Gymnast Sam Mikulak poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. “My favorite artist to listen to during training is Kygo”, said Mikulak. “He's just happy, positive vibes”. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Gymnast Sam Mikulak poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills

Gymnast Sam Mikulak poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Gymnast Donnell Whittenburg poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Bever

Gymnast Donnell Whittenburg poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. Whittenburg said he is listening to “Jumpman” by Drake while he trains at the moment. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Rugby player Carlin Isles poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly

Rugby player Carlin Isles poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Golfer Lexi Thompson poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hill

Golfer Lexi Thompson poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. Thompson said she likes to listen to hip hop and R&B before her rounds of golf, and hard rock in the gym. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Fencer Mariel Zagunis poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hil

Fencer Mariel Zagunis poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Fencer Mariel Zagunis poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hil

Fencer Mariel Zagunis poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Wheelchair tennis player Kaitlyn Verfuerth poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media

Wheelchair tennis player Kaitlyn Verfuerth poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Synchronized swimming duet Anita Alvarez (L) and Mariya Koroleva pose for a portrait at the U.S. Oly

Synchronized swimming duet Anita Alvarez (L) and Mariya Koroleva pose for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Synchronized swimming duet Anita Alvarez (L) and Mariya Koroleva pose for a portrait at the U.S. Oly

Synchronized swimming duet Anita Alvarez (L) and Mariya Koroleva pose for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Synchronized swimming duet Anita Alvarez (R) and Mariya Koroleva pose for a portrait at the U.S. Oly

Synchronized swimming duet Anita Alvarez (R) and Mariya Koroleva pose for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Runner English Gardner poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hi

Runner English Gardner poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. “My musical inspiration when I'm training is usually a lot of upbeat music”, said Gardner. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Runner English Gardner poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hi

Runner English Gardner poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Runner English Gardner poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hi

Runner English Gardner poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Runner English Gardner poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hi

Runner English Gardner poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Paralympic runner Richard Browne poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in

Paralympic runner Richard Browne poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Wheelchair basketball player Trevon Jenifer poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media

Wheelchair basketball player Trevon Jenifer poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Synchronized swimmer Mariya Koroleva poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit

Synchronized swimmer Mariya Koroleva poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Synchronized swimmer Anita Alvarez poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit i

Synchronized swimmer Anita Alvarez poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Synchronized swimmer Mariya Koroleva poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit

Synchronized swimmer Mariya Koroleva poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Indoor volleyball player Kayla Banwarth poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Sum

Indoor volleyball player Kayla Banwarth poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Weightlifter (94kg) Norik Vardanian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit

Weightlifter (94kg) Norik Vardanian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Paralympic cyclist Jamie Whitmore poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in

Paralympic cyclist Jamie Whitmore poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. Picture taken March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Canoe Slalom competitor Casey Eichfeld poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summ

Canoe Slalom competitor Casey Eichfeld poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. Picture taken March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Paralympic track & field competitor Tatyana McFadden poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Commit

Paralympic track & field competitor Tatyana McFadden poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. Picture taken March 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Rugby player Jillion Potter poses for a portrait with her dog Cody at the U.S. Olympic Committee Med

Rugby player Jillion Potter poses for a portrait with her dog Cody at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Judo competitors Marti Malloy (L) and Kayla Harrison pose for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committ

Judo competitors Marti Malloy (L) and Kayla Harrison pose for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. “When I fight, I have an all Eminem playlist: I like all Eminem all the time”, said Harrison. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Judo competitor Kayla Harrison poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Be

Judo competitor Kayla Harrison poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Diver Kassidy Cook poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,

Diver Kassidy Cook poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, March 8, 2016. “My favorite pre-competition music is Drake and Taylor Swift, but I also like to listen to Led Zeppelin”, said Cook. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Diver Kassidy Cook poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,

Diver Kassidy Cook poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Badminton player Howard Shu poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Bever

Badminton player Howard Shu poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. Shu said he liked listening to Lil Wayne, Drake, and J. Cole to prepare for competition. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Rugby player Alev Kelter poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly

Rugby player Alev Kelter poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. “Right now I tend to be more poised when I'm getting ready for a game, so I listen to Ed Sheeran's 'Fire”, said Kelter. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Swimmer Elizabeth Beisel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly

Swimmer Elizabeth Beisel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. “Right now I love the song called “Confident” by Demi Lovato; it's empowering and inspiring before I work out”, said Beisel. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Taekwondo competitor Jackie Galloway poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit

Taekwondo competitor Jackie Galloway poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Sailors Annie Haeger (L) and Briana Provancha pose for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Medi

Sailors Annie Haeger (L) and Briana Provancha pose for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Gymnast John Orozco poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills

Gymnast John Orozco poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 9, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Gymnast Charlotte Drury poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly H

Gymnast Charlotte Drury poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 9, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Basketball player Elena Delle Donne poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit

Basketball player Elena Delle Donne poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 9, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Wrestler Helen Maroulis poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly H

Wrestler Helen Maroulis poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 9, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)




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