Mandi Bierly
February 19, 2010 AT 06:13 PM EST

What does a man listen to before propelling himself off a hill and into a suicide flight position? The answer is “Stabbing the Drama” by Swedish metal band Soilwork for U.S. ski jumper Nick Alexander, who’s in Whistler today for large hill qualifying. “Reason why? The guitar is off-the-hook, especially in the chorus. Nothing sounds better than when Soilwork grinds the absolute hell out of those deeply tuned guitars. The drum set is also unbelievable. Punchy double bass and a snappy snare get me ready to ski jump like nothing else will.”

We’ve asked a variety of athletes from Team USA what song they’ll be grooving to before they compete. Head over to our Music Mix blog for the daily pick of the day and to catch up on the ones you’ve missed. (Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” helped freestyle skier Shannon Bahrke win the moguls bronze, but only took snowboarder Elena Hight to 10th place.)

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