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The Champion in Me
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
3 Doors Down is just one of a number of artists (including Nelly and Sheryl Crow) who have contributed tracks for the Team USA Soundtrack (proceeds from the album goes to support U.S. athletes). Expect to hear a lot of this rock song about going for the gold in life, as it will be featured heavily on the televised Olympic coverage.
Is it any good?
If you need a song to get your adrenaline pumping and your game face on, this track delivers. The thunderous vocals from lead singer Brad Arnold and serious hard rock guitar riffs give this song an appealing edge, keeping it from becoming too sentimental or cliche. The lyrics are straightforward and get right to the point that being a champion requires lots of hard work and dedication: "Everyday I try and I'll do everything that it takes to become the one/what I've always wanted to be." Can you picture the Olympic montages now?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how music and sports go together. Can you think of other times besides the Olympics when music is used in sports? Do you think a song like this will help NBC promote its Olympic coverage? Does the song and video get you excited for the Olympic games? Also, do you think having financial support from major sponsors and musical groups gives the U.S. team an unfair advantage against other countries?