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Runner Alyssa Montano. "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. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Runner Alyssa Montano. "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. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Runner Alyssa Montano. "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. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Gymnast Gaby Douglas. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gymnast Gaby Douglas. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gymnast Gaby Douglas. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Swimmer Ryan Lochte. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Swimmer Ryan Lochte. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Swimmer Ryan Lochte. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Synchronized swimming duet Anita Alvarez (L) and Mariya Koroleva. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Synchronized swimming duet Anita Alvarez (L) and Mariya Koroleva. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Synchronized swimming duet Anita Alvarez (L) and Mariya Koroleva. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Golfer Lexi Thompson. Thompson said she likes to listen to hip hop and R&B before her rounds of golf, and hard rock in the gym.

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Golfer Lexi Thompson. Thompson said she likes to listen to hip hop and R&B before her rounds of golf, and hard rock in the gym. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Golfer Lexi Thompson. Thompson said she likes to listen to hip hop and R&B before her rounds of golf, and hard rock in the gym. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Swimmer Matt Grevers. "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." 

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Swimmer Matt Grevers. "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." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Swimmer Matt Grevers. "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." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Sitting volleyball Paralympian Bethany Zummo.


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Sitting volleyball Paralympian Bethany Zummo. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Sitting volleyball Paralympian Bethany Zummo. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Gymnast Donnell Whittenburg. Whittenburg said he is listening to "Jumpman" by Drake while he trains at the moment. 

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Gymnast Donnell Whittenburg. Whittenburg said he is listening to "Jumpman" by Drake while he trains at the moment. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gymnast Donnell Whittenburg. Whittenburg said he is listening to "Jumpman" by Drake while he trains at the moment. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Swimmer Missy Franklin. Franklin said she likes to listen to country music, and to worship music on the way to practice. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Swimmer Missy Franklin. Franklin said she likes to listen to country music, and to worship music on the way to practice. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Swimmer Missy Franklin. Franklin said she likes to listen to country music, and to worship music on the way to practice. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Weightlifter Norik Vardanian lifts his girlfriend, weightlifter Jenny Arthur. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Weightlifter Norik Vardanian lifts his girlfriend, weightlifter Jenny Arthur. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Weightlifter Norik Vardanian lifts his girlfriend, weightlifter Jenny Arthur. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Fencer Mariel Zagunis. 

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Fencer Mariel Zagunis. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Fencer Mariel Zagunis. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson. 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. 


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Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson. 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...more

Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson. 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. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Triathlete Greg Billington. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Triathlete Greg Billington. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Triathlete Greg Billington. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Gymnast Maggie Nichols. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gymnast Maggie Nichols. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gymnast Maggie Nichols. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Rugby player Carlin Isles. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Rugby player Carlin Isles. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Rugby player Carlin Isles. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Runner English Gardner. "My musical inspiration when I'm training is usually a lot of upbeat music," said Gardner. 

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Runner English Gardner. "My musical inspiration when I'm training is usually a lot of upbeat music," said Gardner. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Runner English Gardner. "My musical inspiration when I'm training is usually a lot of upbeat music," said Gardner. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Swimmer Conor Dwyer. "I like listening to Chance the Rapper before I work out," said Dwyer, who trains for 4-6 hours a day. "I've been listening to the new Kanye West album, which I like".

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Swimmer Conor Dwyer. "I like listening to Chance the Rapper before I work out," said Dwyer, who trains for 4-6 hours a day. "I've been listening to the new Kanye West album, which I like". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Swimmer Conor Dwyer. "I like listening to Chance the Rapper before I work out," said Dwyer, who trains for 4-6 hours a day. "I've been listening to the new Kanye West album, which I like". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Canoe slalom competitor Michal Smolen. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Canoe slalom competitor Michal Smolen. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Canoe slalom competitor Michal Smolen. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Runner LaShawn Merritt. "I don't really listen to music when i train," said Merritt. "When I grew up I was in a band, so i listened to jazz a lot to calm me down. I played the trumpet and the baritone for 8 years." 


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Runner LaShawn Merritt. "I don't really listen to music when i train," said Merritt. "When I grew up I was in a band, so i listened to jazz a lot to calm me down. I played the trumpet and the baritone for 8 years." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Runner LaShawn Merritt. "I don't really listen to music when i train," said Merritt. "When I grew up I was in a band, so i listened to jazz a lot to calm me down. I played the trumpet and the baritone for 8 years." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Swimmer Natalie Coughlin. "I really like '90s hip hop but I actually don't listen to music when I train or before a race," said Coughlin. "I like the quiet in my own head." 

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Swimmer Natalie Coughlin. "I really like '90s hip hop but I actually don't listen to music when I train or before a race," said Coughlin. "I like the quiet in my own head." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Swimmer Natalie Coughlin. "I really like '90s hip hop but I actually don't listen to music when I train or before a race," said Coughlin. "I like the quiet in my own head." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Runner Allyson Felix. "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. 

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Runner Allyson Felix. "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. REUTERS/Lucy...more

Runner Allyson Felix. "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. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Swimmer Simone Manuel. "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". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Swimmer Simone Manuel. "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". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Swimmer Simone Manuel. "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". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Gymnast Sam Mikulak. "My favorite artist to listen to during training is Kygo," said Mikulak. "He's just happy, positive vibes." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gymnast Sam Mikulak. "My favorite artist to listen to during training is Kygo," said Mikulak. "He's just happy, positive vibes." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gymnast Sam Mikulak. "My favorite artist to listen to during training is Kygo," said Mikulak. "He's just happy, positive vibes." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Gymnast Simone Biles. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gymnast Simone Biles. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gymnast Simone Biles. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Marathon runner Meb Keflezighi. "I was listening to Jay-Z's 'Empire State of Mind' yesterday and I just kept rewinding it; sometimes you get a nice cadence and rhythm," said Keflezighi. 

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Marathon runner Meb Keflezighi. "I was listening to Jay-Z's 'Empire State of Mind' yesterday and I just kept rewinding it; sometimes you get a nice cadence and rhythm," said Keflezighi. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Marathon runner Meb Keflezighi. "I was listening to Jay-Z's 'Empire State of Mind' yesterday and I just kept rewinding it; sometimes you get a nice cadence and rhythm," said Keflezighi. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Gymnast Madison Kocian. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gymnast Madison Kocian. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gymnast Madison Kocian. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Hurdler Aries Merritt. "If I had a song I would play before competition it would be 'All I Do Is Win' by DJ Khaled," said Merritt. 

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Hurdler Aries Merritt. "If I had a song I would play before competition it would be 'All I Do Is Win' by DJ Khaled," said Merritt. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Hurdler Aries Merritt. "If I had a song I would play before competition it would be 'All I Do Is Win' by DJ Khaled," said Merritt. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Rugby player Madison Hughes. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Rugby player Madison Hughes. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Rugby player Madison Hughes. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Weightlifter Jenny Arthur (69kg). REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Weightlifter Jenny Arthur (69kg). REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Weightlifter Jenny Arthur (69kg). REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Decathlete Ashton Eaton. Eaton said he liked listening to Nothing But Thieves song "Itch" for training inspiration. 

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Decathlete Ashton Eaton. Eaton said he liked listening to Nothing But Thieves song "Itch" for training inspiration. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Decathlete Ashton Eaton. Eaton said he liked listening to Nothing But Thieves song "Itch" for training inspiration. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Triathlete Greg Billington. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Triathlete Greg Billington. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Triathlete Greg Billington. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Wheelchair tennis player Kaitlyn Verfuerth. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Wheelchair tennis player Kaitlyn Verfuerth. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Wheelchair tennis player Kaitlyn Verfuerth. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Synchronized swimming duet Anita Alvarez (L) and Mariya Koroleva. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Synchronized swimming duet Anita Alvarez (L) and Mariya Koroleva. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Synchronized swimming duet Anita Alvarez (L) and Mariya Koroleva. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Swimmer Matt Grevers.

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Swimmer Matt Grevers. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Swimmer Matt Grevers. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Gymnast Gaby Douglas. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gymnast Gaby Douglas. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gymnast Gaby Douglas. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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