Snowboarder Hagen Kearney's 2018 Winter Olympics Playlist: QOTSA, Motorhead, Danzig, Chuck Berry & More
Hagen Kearney is kind of what you might picture when you think of a snowboarder: long, blond hair blowing in the breeze and Motorhead blasting in his earbuds as he shreds the hectic snowboardcross course, jockeying for space. The 26-year-old Telluride, Colorado, native is a three-time X Games veteran who first hit the slopes at age 9 in 2000 when his family moved from Florida to Colorado and the skateboarding pre-teen began his long climb up the ranks of world-class snowboarders.
It's no surprise that the Harley-riding 2018 Winter Olympics contender is a huge music fan, who also plays guitar in the grungy Salt Lake City garage rock band Kapix. "Snowboarding to me is just an extension of rock 'n' roll," he tells Billboard. "I feel the same adrenaline when I am going fast into something on my snowboard as I do when I hear my favorite chorus coming up. I grew up on classic hard rock/ classic metal, etc. and I never got into anything else really. There are very few 'new' bands that I am into."
Before he headed to compete at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Kearney sent his pump-up playlist, which is proof positive that he rocks it old-school, courtesy of songs by Great White, Aerosmith, Gov't Mule, Chuck Berry, AC/DC and Black Sabbath, among others.
Check out Kearney's playlist below: