If you’ve been watching the Olympic swimming events lately then you may have noticed one piece of swimming gear that is seeming to stand out above the rest: headphones.
We’ve seen a number of swimmers walking to the with headphones on refusing to take them off until moments before slipping into the water before an event. Unfortunately a lot of fans have been expressing dismay towards this popular trend. Many of the fans have never been athletes and just don’t understand how much focus is required to compete at such high levels, and for many Olympians, music is the key to that focus.
So, who all have we seen so far wearing headphones?
Well, Sun Yang was seen sporting a pair of Beats by Dre prior to his gold medal performance the other night. This isn’t all that surprising seeing as how Beats by Dre have possibly become the most popular headphones in the world and seemingly in just a couple short years.
What really gets people talking is when Michael Phelps, possibly the greatest Olympian ever, starts wearing headphones before all of his events. Phelps has been seen wearing a massive pair by Sol Republic.
When Kevin Lee, chief executive of Sol Republic, was asked about Phelps wearing Sol Republic he said he did not know that Phelps would be wearing his company’s headphones during the Games.
It doesn’t end with just Michael Phelps and Sun Yang though. Ryan Lochte, Park Tai-hwan, and Liam Tancock have also been spotted warming up mentally with a pair of sports cans.
With Track and Field events starting you can bet that you’ll see even more athletes wearing headphones prior to their events starting and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Usain Bolt in a new pair of SOUL headphones at all.