What gets our Olympians moving?
Music is a big part of any athlete’s life. Whether they’re sweating out in the gym with their headphones on or trying to switch off and relax.
Here are the playlists from some of our top athletes on their way to Rio to represent Ireland. What gets them moving?
Electric Ireland, proud sponsor of Team Ireland for the Rio Olympics has teamed up with our Olympians from a variety of sports to share their ultimate Spotify playlists to get you motivated at the gym or on a run! Music has been shown to be a great training aid; to help you relax post work-out, focus in training or get in the zone pre-competition.
The Olympians’ playlists have thrown up some interesting choices, from boxers favouring pop anthems to rowers chilling to indie favourites, to gymnasts getting in the zone with Bieber fever. There is plenty of variety to get you pumped - whatever the tempo of your workout!
Medal hopeful Paddy Barnes has a soft spot for Kylie Minogue while swimmer, Fiona Doyle, is a huge fan of Eminem and Kygo. Gymnastics sensation Kieran Behan has an interesting mix of music from Dr Dre to Michael Jackson followed by some Otis Redding to help him relax after training. Rower, Sinead Lynch (nee Jennings), rocks out to The Killers, Mr. Brightside and Coldplay’s timeless classic – Clocks.
Electric Ireland wants to share the music that gives Team Ireland The Power Within so that we can all be inspired. These playlists give a unique insight into what keeps them motivated and driven to become part of the 0.0001% of the world’s population that can proudly call themselves an Olympian.
Paddy Barnes will be the Irish flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio. He holds two Olympic bronze medals and two Commonwealth gold medals. He will be looking for his first Olympic gold representing Ireland in the Light-flyweight division.
Kieran Behan is the second ever Irish gymnast to qualify for the Olympic Games. Kieran will chase a gold medal in men’s artistic gymnastics.
Fiona Doyle will experience her first Olympic Games this summer swimming for Ireland.
Sinead Jennings is a mother of three and will represent Ireland at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio as a rower.