The Winter Olympics have been a nail-biting experience so far. The U.S. has had its shares of wins and losses this year, and from what we can tell, the athletes have given it all they’ve got.
In an interview with E Online, Jennifer Gibson, a sports dietician for the U.S. Olympic Committee weighed in on what the athletes' diets look like.
"Olympians come in all shapes and sizes and have different goals, so they do not all have the same requirements for nutrition. A figure skater trying to maintain a lean physique may consume 1,800-2,000 calories whereas a cross-country skier with huge energy expenditure may consume 4,000 or more calories per day."
We’ve picked a few high-profile Olympic athletes and found out what foods fuels them.
Says the snowboarder in an interview with Ask Men:
“I can’t stay away from Chinese food. I really love that stuff. Not even the really nice places though. Like the sketchy ”Wok Garden” or the random ones in the airport. I love ‘em! So I go to town on that as my guilty pleasure, but I’m pretty good when I eat normally.”
White also loves going to steakhouses and usually eats a big steak before he competes.
Unfortunately, White left without winning any medals at this year’s Winter Olympics. Better luck next time!
But not all snowboarders are down on their luck. Jamie Anderson won a gold in the women’s snowboarding competition. She told Today that she makes a special effort to eat clean.
"I always try to eat healthy — pure, organic, whole foods. I eat a little bit of meat, but I’m mostly vegetarian. I drink a green shake that’s filled with amino acids — it’s called Tonic Alchemy — it has over 100 superfoods like spiruline, goji berries, all kinds of different grains…Giving yourself the right ingredients is for your body what positive affirmations are to the mind."
In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Erin Hamlin explained that for luge, it’s important to be heavy, but that it has to be good weight.
"When I’m training, for breakfast I’ll have an array of cold cut meats, two or four boiled eggs, bread of some form, some yogurt with muesli or granola and an orange or a banana. Lunch might be a plate of pasta. If I had my choice, I’d have chicken and veggies, but sometimes in Europe that can be hard to get. Dinner is similar to lunch, but the portion will be a little bit bigger. I also normally have a protein shake after dinner to give myself some extra calories."
Hamlin says that on the day of a race her breakfast is a lot lighter because she doesn't want to feel uncomfortable while racing.
Hamlin won a bronze at Sochi.
J. R. Celski
Short track speed skater J.R. Celski relies on whole foods to keep him energized. In an interview with The Uniter, the athlete said that he eats a variety of vegetables, fruit, lean meats, rice and potatoes, in addition to protein shakes. He says that he makes sure that he has breakfast and eats frequently throughout the day. He chooses basic foods like apples for a quick snack mid-workout.
He believes that maintaining a strong immune system is just as important as building muscles.
“I try to stay away from processed foods because I know they’re not good for my body. Eating them is one way that you can get sick,” Celski said.
Celski hasn't had much luck so far, but still has a shot in competitions scheduled over the next few days.
Go Team U.S.A!