The Spice Girls, Jay Z And Stormzy: The Music That’s Inspiring Your Favourite Olympians To Gold At Rio 2016

Earlier this week, Team GB’s Adam Peaty came first in the 100m breaststroke to collect the nation’s first gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Not only that, but he smashed his own world record on the way, leaving us to wonder – what on earth could have inspired his superhuman display? Turns out, it was grime that did it for the Staffordshire swimmer. His Twitter feed is full of references to his favourite grime stars including Skepta and Brummie MC Jaykae.

So what could be inspiring the rest of the world’s finest athletes onto gold this summer? We did some digging and discovered what these Olympic heroes have got on their headphones.


Michael Phelps
The US swimmer has currently won 21 gold medals throughout his career, two of which have already come at this summer’s games. In the past, the Olympian has been keen to share his warm-up playlist, with Eminem, Young Jeezy and country star Eric Church all playing a part. Not sure what he was listening to when he was giving daggers to a rival swimmer earlier this week though.

Usain Bolt
Undeniably, swagger and rhythm has been a key part of the Jamaican sprinter’s success. On his way to six golds in two games, the World’s Fastest Man™ has revealed that he listens to a combination of Jay-Z, Ludacris and Lil Wayne, as well some dancehall artists like Vybz Kartel from his native country to get him moving.

Jessica Ennis-Hill
The Yorkshire heptathlete was one of London 2012’s biggest success stories, nabbing the gold in the punishing heptathlon on home soil. In her music tastes she likes to keep it it UK too and during a radio show with BBC’s Trevor Nelson, she curated a playlist featuring Massive Attack, Stormzy and, er, the Spice Girls.


Bradley Wiggins
Our very own Wiggo rode to glory in 2012 and looks set to try and defend his cycling time trial gold in Rio this summer. Wiggins has not been shy about the tunes rattling in his headphones, with British music icons like The Smiths, The Jam and David Bowie all being named some of the mod’s favourite tunes.

Simone Biles
If you don’t know the name quite yet, by the end of this year’s games you certainly will. The 19-year-old gymnast from the States has already grabbed a medal in the team gymnastics and looks set to follow it up with further success in the individual events. What does the Texas native use to will her on to Olympic history? In a playlist she put together for Pop Sugar, she showcased her fondness for pop music with Ariana Grande, Zayn Malik, Selena Gomez and Alessia Cara all featuring.

The footballer might be more best known for his role as a striker at current Spanish champions Barcelona, but he’s also joined the Brazilian national team for this year’s Olympics as they set out to grab a gold in their own gaff. Neymar also keeps his music homegrown by appearing in a music video for Brazilian rapper MC Guime, and his infectious dancing to smaller artists like Gusttavo Lima and Michel Telo in YouTube videos have also brought them chart success.