With the Rio Olympics less than a month away, you may be wondering what athletes go through to prep for the world-renowned event. To give you an inside look into the blood, sweat and tears that go into training, Gilette’s “Perfect Isn’t Pretty” follows the journey of Brazilian soccer player Neymar Jr, Chinese competitive swimmer Ning Zetao, American decathlete Ashton Eaton and English cyclist Andrew Tennant as they get ready for the summer games.
Set to an Ariel Rechtshaid remix of Sia’s “Unstoppable,” the new version of the song features Pusha T and Afro-Brazilian marching band Olodum providing percussions. Rechtshaid told Billboard about his journey from picking chords for the visual to finally making it Olympic-ready: “I’ve been a fan of [Olodum] ever since I was listening to my parents’ Paul Simon records. Sia, who’s a friend of mine, and then Pusha T came in towards the end because the song felt like it could use his edge and a verse on it.”
In the behind-the-scenes video of the production of the song, Pusha T talks about how people get blinded by the illusion of success when they see the end product, but don’t think about the steps it takes to get there. “People get to see the end results a lot and they think it was a beautiful ride,” he said.
Check out the inspirational video below to get ready for the opening ceremonies on August 5.