Lindsey Vonn knows exactly what it takes to be a champion. The holder of the record for the most World Cup wins by any woman (81) and 135 World Cup podium finishes will take on the near-impossible at the 2018 Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where she plans to compete in the downhill, super-G and the combined. If you don’t know what any of those words mean, trust us, it’s all badass.
When Vonn isn’t racing down a hill at more than 80 mph, the woman considered the greatest ski racer of all time is endlessly pushing her body to extremes using a punishing workout routine. And, of course, every intense session needs a butt-kicking soundtrack, which Vonn generously shared with Billboard before she flew to South Korea.
While many of the athletes sent us a list of songs, Vonn sent an annotated rundown explaining why she listens to certain tracks, along with a snapshot of her Spotify playlist, which includes copious Jessie J and G-Eazy, Sia, Rihanna, Snakehips, Zayn and some Camila Cabello.
Check it out and see an extended playlist below:
“I’m a big fan of Jessie J and I had a chance to do a spot with her, which included a workout. It was amazing. I always listen to ‘Do It Like a Dude’ before every race.”
“G-Eazy’s song [‘The Beautiful & Damned’] was on my Beats commercial. I love his music and it always gets me fired up in the gym and before races.”
“‘Lemon’ and ‘American Oxygen,’ because Rihanna is amazing. Always going her own way and making incredible music. ‘American Oxygen’ makes me think of all of the opportunities we have and not to waste any.”
“’Everybody Mad’ [by O.T. Genasis] helps me block out the haters. Sometimes I do feel like everybody is mad at me but that’s life. You have to just be you.”
“[Zayn‘s] ‘Still Got Time’ helps me remember I’m in no rush to do anything. There’s a lot of life left to live and I still have time to find the right person in my life.”
And if you’re still not impressed, check out her recent Super Bowl ad.
Win #80!!!!! This was a big milestone in my career but it’s bittersweet. My teammate and friend @jacquelinewiles crashed hard today while fighting like she always does to finish the race. No news on her condition yet but words of encouragement to her are much appreciated. Get well soon Janks, we love you! —-??