By Jason the 200 lb. Cowboy

Before just about every 2016 Olympics race, whether it be a medal or qualifying swim, decorated athlete Michael Phelps is shown getting in the zone with a pair of headphones locked on his ears. So, what’s he listening to? None other than the Chief himself, Eric Church, apparently.

In an article in the New York Times, it’s revealed that Phelps has a steady stream of  a “mix of songs from Eminem, Young Jeezy and a more recent addition, Eric Church” flowing through his ear buds before he hits the pool.

With songs in his catalogue such as “Drink in My Hand,” “The Outsiders,” “Creepin‘” and so many more upbeat tracks, we understand how that could inspire you to swim your heart out.

All 21 of Michael Phelps' Gold Medals!

All 21 of Michael Phelps’ Gold Medals!

But Church isn’t the only country singer Phelps rocks out to. In a recent upload of “carpool karaoke” by the entire USA Olympics swimming team, the gold-winning swimmer was shown in Church-like aviators, leading the car filled with athletes in their own rendition of Zac Brown Band‘s hit country single, “Chicken Fried,” while his teammates waved an American flag in the background. Other artists covered during the joy ride included Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jespen and many more.


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