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iPod a key tool for many athletes in pre-competition routine

BEIJING — It's 5 a.m. on the morning of the men's Olympic triathlon and Simon Whitfield is listening to "Tarantulove" by Canadian rocker Hawksley Workman on his iPod.Once the Victoria native arrives at the course, he turns on the eclectic sound of San Diego singer/songwriter Jason Mraz."I watched the guys warm up and it's hot out there," he said. "I just sat there with my cooling vest on listening to music and just chilled out. I think that really paid off."Indeed it did. Whitfield captured a silver medal in the men's triathlon earlier this week at the Beijing Games.Like many athletes here, Whitfield's iPod is a key part of his pre-race routine.Workman is one of his favourite artists."Hawksley's such a performer and it's sport," said Whitfield. "You perform, you express your fitness."Penny Werthner, the sports psychologist for the Canadian canoe/kayak team, says athletes use music for two reasons. The first is to pysch themse...

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