The training playlist that motivates hockey player Brianna Decker
Brianna Decker plays for the Calgary Inferno in the Canadian Women's Hockey League when she's not winning gold with Team USA. But the 27-year-old star forward wasn't playing for either team when she landed in the headlines recently. Instead, it was her performance in the NHL's annual skills competition that drew notice. Decker had the opportunity to demo the premier passer event, and though it was unofficial, she appeared to clock a time of 1 minute, 6 seconds, besting the NHL's fastest male competitor, Leon Draisaitl, by 3 seconds.
The winner of the event was to receive $25,000, and backlash ensued from fans -- and a #PayDecker social media campaign took off -- when the prize went to Draisaitl. Decker's sponsor, equipment manufacturer CCM, ultimately stepped up to recognize her feat by awarding her a $25,000 bonus, and the NHL announced that it would donate $25,000 to charity on behalf of Decker.
Next up, Decker -- who has two Olympic medals and a half-dozen world championship medals to her name -- is aiming to help the U.S. team defend its 2017 world championship gold in April. On the top of her playlist when she's training: Eminem's "Fall."
"It just motivates me when I listen to it!" she said. "I think because people are always striving to get to the top and you have to always want more out of yourself and work to get better every day."
She shared her whole playlist: