Mandi Bierly
February 24, 2010 AT 03:48 PM EST

Image Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesDuring the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, EW.com wanted to find out what music is inspiring U.S. athletes. With the U.S. men’s hockey team facing off against Switzerland in the quarterfinals today (3 p.m. ET, NBC and NBCOlympics.com), we decided to check in with Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler, who scored the game-clinching goal against Canada on Sunday. His song: “Public Service Announcement (Interlude)” by Jay-Z.

“Every time I hear this song I get hyped up to play, and it gets me to play with some swagger out on the ice. Without swagger, I wouldn’t be the player I am,” he says.

Go USA!

More Olympics coverage from EW.com:

EW’s Olympics HQ

Olympic Studs of the Day

PopWatch on Ice: Figure skating recaps

Olympic Songs of the Day: The music that motivates Team USA

All of PopWatch’s Olympics commentary

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