Discontinued Winter Olympic iPod Playlists

Wooden iPod - courtesy of TFTS

If you’ve been watching the snowboarding competition during the 2010 Winter Olympics, you’ve probably seen a familiar device used by these athletes.  Before embarking on their run, Olympic snowboarders such as Scotty Largo plug those signature white ear buds into an ipod.  Therefore creating a soundtrack to what could be the apex of their careers.

Had this technology of the mobile mp3 player existed in earlier times, what would the athletes of yesteryear have on their playlist?  Let’s take a look at two discontinued sports of the Winter Olympics and see what would’ve probably been on their potentially winning soundtrack to victory.

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It was a precursor to the biathlon that involved cross-country skiing, ski mountaineering and rifle shooting.  It was officially a medal sport at the 1924 Olympics in Charmonix, France.  Given the time period, Switzerland gold medalist, Adolf Aufdenblatten would probably have the following on his ipod:

  • Rhapsody In Blue -Paul Whiteman & George Gershwin
  • Charleston – Arthur Gibbs
  • It Had To Be You – Isham Jones

Gaining its popularity in the Nordic Games from 1901-1909, Skijoring made an Olympic debut in the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.  The sport involved a person on skis being pulled by horses.  It never grew out of it’s demonstration sport status but had a gold medal been given out in 1928, these hits may have been blaring on a wooden ipod:

  • I Scream-You Scream-We All Scream For Ice Cream – Fred Waring
  • Ol’ Man River – Paul Robeson
  • West End Blues – Louie Armstrong

Reports of what athletes are rocking on their ipods will continue to be reported in sporting events to come.  What will probably evolve is the act of athletes being sponsored by record labels to specifically mention certain artists in blogs and interviews when mentioning their playlists.  That is, if it’s not happening already.


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