Olympic athletes reveal what motivates them ahead of 2018 Games

You've heard it a thousand times before: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so don't you dare skip it. 

For Olympic athletes, who are up early each day practicing and whose careers depend on the health and well-being of their bodies, that saying resonates even deeper. 

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"At the start of my day I always picture what I have to do that day, what my goals are, how I'm going to accomplish them," Olympic figure skating hopeful Nathan Chen told AOL.com. "To have that over food and around my family is awesome." 

Having inspiration is key to any athlete's success, and for Chen, that also comes in the form of his supportive mother. 

"I've spent my entire skating career with my mom," the 18-year-old said. "She's the one who raised me as a kid, she's the one who spent all the time with me on the ice. She's the one who really dedicated a lot of her time to help me grow as a skater."

He says his mother will be the first person he calls if he makes the Olympic team.

Chen is one of four athletes partnering with Kellogg's ahead of the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang to share what gets them started and keeps them inspired throughout their demanding journeys. He joins snowboarder Kelly Clark, ice hockey forward Megan Duggan and Paralympic snowboarder Mike Schultz on Team Kellogg's. 

Learn more about what gets Team Kellogg's started: 

Team Kellogg's 2018 Olympic hopefuls
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Team Kellogg's 2018 Olympic hopefuls

Olympic figure skating hopeful Nathan Chen

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What gets Nathan started: "Focusing on the small steps every day to achieve my goals and knowing that each day brings me one step closer to accomplishing them"

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Four-time Olympic snowboarder Kelly Clark

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What gets Kelly started: "The bigger picture and the women coming up after me who I will inspire to go further than I could"

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Two-time ice hockey silver medalist Meghan Duggan

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What gets Meghan started: "Strength from the women around me as we train and chase our goals on and off the ice"

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Paralympic boardercross hopeful Mike Schultz

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What gets Mike started: "Waking up in the morning, setting my priorities and doing all that I can every day"

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Four-time Olympian Kelly Clark also opened up on what motivates her -- her fans and her community.

"I see a big value in using my platform to benefit others," she said.

The three-time medalist truly practices what she preaches through the Kelly Clark Foundation, which helps to provide access to snowboarding to young athletes in need. She started the non-profit in 2010.

"Sports can boost people's confidence," she said. "You want to give people opportunity. I think everyone has the opportunity to be great, so I aim to do that through my foundation."

"We’re thrilled to welcome this group of accomplished athletes to Team Kellogg’s," Sam Minardi, director of brand marketing at the Kellogg Company, said in a statement. "As they share their personal motivations while training for the PyeongChang Games, we hope Americans are inspired to focus on their own everyday inspirations as they work toward achieving their potential."

You can join the Team Kellogg's athletes by using #GetsMeStarted on your social media to share what kicks you into gear and inspires you in your day-to-day. 

The Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang is scheduled for February 9, 2018. 

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