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Team USA takes center stage: Olympians on their go-to karaoke songs

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Team USA takes center stage: Olympians on their go-to karaoke songs

From Elton John to Beyonce, Team USA to prepared to rock in karaoke-loving South Korea

When the Olympic athletes of Team USA travel to South Korea for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, they'll look to prove they're the best athletes in the world on snow and ice. But outside of competition, they might also get to prove their talent on the favorite stage of South Korean youth: the karaoke stage. Known as noraebang, or "song room," to Koreans, karaoke is a popular pastime of the host country. Some of the hotels in PyeongChang might even bring the karaoke to the athletes--Joss Christensen, 2014 gold medalist in ski slopestyle, said that when he traveled to PyeongChang for a test event in 2016, his hotel had its own karaoke club

With the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics less than 100 days away away, the athletes of Team USA share which songs they do medal-worthy renditions of when it's karaoke night.

Jason Brown, 2014 Olympic figure skater: I love karaoke. My go-to song is "Uptown Funk."

Maddie Bowman, 2014 Olympic champion in ski halfpipe: I have never karaoked before, and I’m excited to do so in South Korea. I think that’s a great place to start off my karaoke career. I think I’ll start off with something a little more Taylor Swift-y then move into some different things. Maybe some Beyonce. But I don’t know if I can do it as good as she can! I probably can’t!

Joss Christensen, 2014 Olympic champion in ski slopestyle: I’m not really much of a singer. We did do karaoke when we were [in PyeongChang for the Olympic Test Event], our hotel had this whole karaoke club. I don’t know what my go-to song is… We do a lot of rap, like Biggie Smalls songs.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, 2010 and 2014 silver medalist in women's hockey: Probably Run DMC's "It’s Tricky."

Monique Lamoureux-Morando, 2010 and 2014 silver medalist in women's hockey: "Take Me Home Tonight" [by Eddie Money].

Meghan Duggan, 2010 and 2014 silver medalist in women's hockey: For me, I go with anything Dixie Chicks.

Joey Mantia, 2014 Olympic speed skater: I'm the worst singer on the planet. One time my friends thought it would be funny to put my name in without me knowing. They called me up and of course I'm not going to back down so I went up and destroyed (in a bad way) "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John. It was so much worse than they thought it could ever be. They never pulled that prank again.
 
David Wise, 2014 gold medalist in ski halfpipe: I always choose things like Johnny Cash or Bon Jovi that everyone knows so that everyone can sing with me and drown out my awful singing.

Brittany Bowe, 2014 Olympic speed skater: The first place I ever did karaoke was in South Korea during an inline skating World Cup many years ago. Singing isn't really one of my talents and I don't have a go-to song. Maybe something by Destiny's Child.

Carlo Valdes, bobsled athlete: Yes, I love karaoke. I'll sing a couple Creed songs. "Twist and Shout" by The Beatles is another go-to if you want to get the crowd going. It's all about being an entertainer.

Adam Rippon, figure skater: "One Night Only" from Dream Girls. I mean, someone has to do it and I guess it’s me.

KC Boutiette, four-time Olympic speed skater:  Um, yeah, I make it up as I go. If I don't know the words this makes it really funny and I dance as I go along. I did Nelly’s "It's Getting Hot in Here" a couple months ago and had a good reception. I also do Culture Club’s "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me." Funny stuff!

Kiley McKinnon, skier: I think I have done karaoke once in my life. I am shy when it comes to singing in front of people. If I had to pick a go-to karaoke song it would have to be "Shake It Off" or "22" by Taylor Swift.

Red Gerard, snowboarder: Yes, I have done karaoke before. As for a favorite song, I just go for the most stupid one they have. I mean you’re there to make a fool of yourself so you might as well have fun while you’re at it.

Sadie Bjornsen, 2014 Olympic cross-country skier: I love karaoke. It is one of my favorite things to do with friends! I love singing Shania Twain or Spice Girls, those are my secret favorites!

Brenna Huckaby, Paralympic snowboarder: I LOVE KARAOKE, AND “REMIX TO IGNITION”. I can sing all the lyrics with my eyes closed. Try me.

Ryan Stassel, snowboarder: OHHH YAA! Each time I've been to South Korea, I've gone out to the karaoke booths at least once. They are so into karaoke over there! They have mini looking hotels that just have karaoke booths in them instead of room. My go-to song depends on the crew/crowd. "All Star" by Smash Mouth or "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus.

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