The Olympics are off to a rousing start with this country carpool karaoke session USA Swimming/YouTube screenshot
USA Swimming/YouTube screenshot

Move over James Corden, because the entire United States Olympic swim team just slayed “Carpool Karaoke”!

More than 40 athletes spread across several different vehicles teamed up for the ultimate singalong before heading off to Rio.

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The group was training in Atlanta for the 2016 Summer Games when they took a break to belt out their best versions of recognizable tunes. And, luckily for us, it was all captured on video.

The majority of the songs that Team U.S.A. sang included pop hits by artists like Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Justin Beiber. But, our favorite song of choice was their take on Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried.” Yep, it was spectacular!

As you can see in this video, Michael Phelps appears to be behind the wheel at about the 2:00 mark. He leads the gang into the country group’s 2008 smash hit. Although he didn’t opt to wear a lobster costume or swim trunks, the American Flag was shown with pride. And, it fit just right.

“Thank God for my life,” the swimmers crooned in unison before saluting U.S. troops with the words, “Make freedom forever fly/ let it breathe/ salute the ones that die/ the ones who give their life/ so we don’t have to sacrifice/ all the things we love.”

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The entire song had us captivated. And, it gave us a reminder that music truly does bring people together. Watch the entire video above! We promise, you’ll be hooked!


You can catch the 2016 Rio Games when they begin on Saturday, Aug. 6 on NBC.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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