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Last Updated: Friday, 10 February 2006, 13:34 GMT
Rock the party
By Anna Thompson
BBC Sport at the Winter Olympics

Snowboarders will be able to choose their music for the half-pipe event
Snowboarders will be able to choose their music for the half-pipe event
Snowboarders are often seen riding down the pistes with their headphones on, listening to their favourites tracks.

And at the Winter Olympics they will be able to choose which songs to compete to in the half-pipe.

German DJ Mischa Ruthardt AKA DJ Chainsaw is in charge of the musical set list at the 2006 Games being held in Italy.

And he will have the sounds pumping around Bardonecchia in Sunday's men's half-pipe and the women's equivalent on Monday.

American teenage sensation Shaun White reckons he will ride to AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.

He told BBC Sport: "There's normally a lot of hip hop so I thought I'd mix it up."

I like something with a good chorus so the audience can maybe sing along
DJ Chainsaw

Brit Lesley McKenna has had her music chosen by the listeners of Colin and Edith's show on Radio 1.

So she will be competing to the Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian.

"Music helps massively when you're competing," McKenna told BBC Sport.

"If you're riding to something you like it has a positive effect whereas if you are having to compete and there is a track you don't like playing then it can certainly have the opposite effect."

McKenna will be joined in the half-pipe by Brit Kate Foster and she has chosen Ozzy Osbourne's Crazy Train. Team-mate Dan Wakeham has yet to select his track but said "it will be something British!"

DJ Chainsaw has to make sure songs do not contain obscenities which can be difficult considering some snowboarders' musical tastes.

He said: "Sorry, no Eminem, 50 Cent or Limp Bizkit because it's nearly impossible to play.

"I like something with a good chorus so the audience can maybe sing along."




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