Find Olympic Stars on Games and Rings' Spotify Playlist
From classical and opera, to country and reggae, and pop and hip-hop, the breadth of music is represented well in the annals of Olympic musicians. Let's take a look at some history of Olympic athletes making music.
Basketball star Wayman Tisdale (Los Angeles 1984) released eight jazz albums before his 2009 death. Short track speed skater Cathy Turner (Albertville 1992, Lillehammer 1994) was busy hustling together a singing career before her star turn at the Games. Sprinter Jon Drummond (Sydney 2000, Atlanta 1996) had a successful stint embedded with the Kirk Franklin & The Family gospel choir. Middle-distance runner Joanne Fenn (Athens 2004) had a music career and appeared on Fame Academy ahead of her Games appearance. You can count Vanessa Vanakorn (er, Vanessa-Mae), too, as the violinist had a prolific musical run before an appearance in Sochi 2014's Alpine skiing competition.
More recently, basketball players Carlos Arroyo (2004) and Damian Lillard (Tokyo 2020), as Dame D.O.L.L.A., have established respect in reggaeton and hip-hop, respectively. Triple jumper Will Claye (London 2012, Rio 2016, 2020) has serious ambitions for his own hip-hop career, and four-time Olympic Alpine skier Tina Maze (Salt Lake 2002, Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010, 2014) had a top Slovenian hit for her pop debut. Hard music is represented, too. Downhill skiing specialist Dominik Paris (2010, 2014, Pyeongchang 2018, Beijing 2022) is an established heavy metal artist, and luger Igor Lobanov (Albertville 1992) has been in Slot since 2002.
From ice hockey, Henrik Lundqvist (2006, 2010, 2014) is well-known as a guitarist and a member (with John McEnroe!) of The Noise Upstairs band. Fellow NHL'er Ryan Miller (2010, 2014) has also been known to dabble in rock music as well.