The Swiss pop band Baba Shrimps, pole vault Olympic silver medallist Sandi Morris and top sprinter Noah Lyles share a great passion for music. The three popular musicians and the two US athletics stars therefore followed an invitation by Weltklasse Zürich to join forces for a very special project. The result – a souvenir to treasure - now available here.
The US pole vaulter is world indoor champion and one of only three women to have cleared 5m. She claimed a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The country singer has written and recorded several songs.
At only 21 years of age, Noah Lyles is one of the great hopes of US athletics. His personal bests of 9.86 in the 100m and 19.65 in the 200m have catapulted him into the ranks of the world’s fastest sprinters of all times. Noah Lyles is also the 200m IAAF Diamond League champion, a title he claimed at Weltklasse Zürich last year. Under the name Nojo18, he has released several of his own raps.
The three members of Baba Shrimps are known for their irresistible, heartwarming contemporary sound. Prior to the release of their debut album “Neon“ in 2014, they signed a contract with Sony Music. Their album became an instant success entering the Swiss charts right away. The trio, which includes Adrian Kübler (vocals, guitar), Moritz Vontobel (drums), and Luca Burkhalter (keys) recorded their latest album “Road to Rom” with producer David Kosten, who is famous for his work with Everything Everything, Bat for Lashes, and Marina and the Diamonds. On their tour, Baba Shrimps accumulated more than 25,000 miles, travelling to more than 140 concerts in eight countries.
The international athletics community combines many outstanding individuals. Sandi Morris and Noah Lyles no doubt are two examples. Weltklasse Zürich is dedicated to shining a light on the individual athletes and to sharing their stories with the public. Weltklasse Zürich is very proud to have been able to sign up two stars of the sport for this special project and also to have found Baba Shrimps. They managed to combine their own passion for music with a curiosity for our sport and to convey the feel of both worlds in a fantastic song.
Weltklasse Zürich has been writing athletics history for over 90 years. Even its very first edition in 1928 featured an athletics superstar – nine-time Olympic champion Paavo Nurmi. Countless stars have given their all at Letzigrund Stadium ever since. The first of two IAAF Diamond League final events will be held at Zurich’s legendary arena on 29 August.