The Diets of Olympians

The Diets of Olympians
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The Diets of Olympians

Ever wonder what Olympians eat? Read on for their incredible diets.

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Ski Team

Allen Tran, the staff nutritionist of the U.S. ski team, is in charge of the meals for downhill and cross-country skiers. He opts for carbs and a little protein in the morning, like oatmeal with nuts and in the evening he serves high protein and iron-rich meals like lamb and beans. Since the athletes enjoy flavorful dishes, Tran says that his Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe is a favorite.

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Kelly Clark, Snowboarder

At home Olympic snowboarder, Kelly Clark, told Cosmopolitan Magazine that she juices daily. When traveling she opts for smoothies. Her breakfast is usually a classic like eggs, toast, bacon and coffee. Kelly likes to combine meat and protein in her lunch, which can be either a turkey sandwich or tacos. Dinner is usually a chicken and pasta dish or some sort of red meat with spinach salad and sweet potatoes. Kelly enjoys almond butter on toast after a workout and her nutritionist recommends chocolate milk as a recovery drink.

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Shaun White, Snowboarder

Famed snowboarder Shaun White loves Chinese food and steakhouses.

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Jon Montgomery, Skeleton Racer

To start his day, Canadian skeleton racer, Jon Montgomery drinks "bulletproof coffee," which consists of butter, heavy cream or coconut oil. He also drinks a smoothie of beets, kale, carrots, spinach, blueberries, blackberries (or other low-sugar fruits) and protein powder.

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Brianna Decker, Hockey Player

Hockey player Brianna Decker enjoys eggs, veggies and meat for breakfast. She drinks a protein shake after a tough workout on the ice and munches on Shot Blok gummies throughout the day. Bananas and peanut or almond butter get her through hockey games. For dinner Brianna has green veggies, chicken and sometimes a baked potato.

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Kaillie Humphries, Bobsledder

During the first months of her training, Olympic bobsledder Kaillie Humphries abstained from carbs and sugar. She aims to eat high-fat foods like meat as well as full-fat dairy, which helps keep her energized and lean.

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Heather McPhie, Freestyle Skier

Whenever possible, Olympic freestyle skier Heather McPhie goes for organic. This can get tough while traveling. For breakfast, Heather enjoys organic slow-cooked oats with fruit and peanut or sunflower butter. Hummus and carrots are her go-to snack. She generally has red meat, broccoli and steamed veggies for dinner. She makes sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water all day.

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Sidney Crosby, Hockey Player

Canadian hockey player Sidney Crosby makes sure to eat a filling breakfast like steel-cut oats, egg white omelets with turkey bacon and greens like spinach or asparagus. However, Crosby admits to having sweet tooth! Since athletes generally need more sugar to replace glycogen stores, he can indulge a little bit, but he is mindful of not eating too much candy.

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Jessica Shultz, Curler

Olympic curler Jessica Shultz told Cosmopolitan Magazine that curlers can spend two and a half hours on the ice. To stay energized, Jessica has coffee and an egg white omelet with spinach, tomato and cheese for breakfast. Jessica has a bun-less turkey burger for lunch and a quinoa salad with tomato. She drinks chocolate milk in between games, and enjoys green beans and shrimp for dinner.

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Kimberly Joines, Para-Alpine Skier

Kimberly Joines, a Canadian para-alpine skier, emphasizes the timing of her calories as much as the food itself. She told Canadian Living that she tries to eat most of her protein and carbs before her hardest training. Towards the end of the day she tries to eat more veggies.

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J. R. Celski, Speedskater

After a tough workout, speedskater, J. R. Celski enjoys a protein shake of his own making. The drink includes spinach, barley greens and peas!

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Kaya Turski, Slopestyle Skier

Kaya Turski, a Canadian slopestyle skier, enjoys brings a turkey sandwich on rye and an apple to eat while on the slopes. She's also a fan of hard boiled eggs and eats nuts and granola bars during training or competitions.

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Erin Hamlin, Luge

Erin Hamlin has joined the U.S. Luge team for the third time. She eats a lot of lean protein and cites Greek yogurt, chicken breasts and shakes as her dietary staples.

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Jennifer Heil, Freestyle Mogul Skier

Canadian skier, Jennifer Heil, has participated in three winter Olympics, winning both gold and silver medals. This year she will be a freestyle skiing analyst, but during her training days she made shakes with almond milk, peanut butter, hemp hearts and fresh or frozen vegetables.

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Gretchen Bleiler, Halfpipe Snowboarder

To keep up with her training — which involved lots and lots of squats — Gretchen Bleiler, a halfpipe snowboarder, eats an omelet with avocado, broccoli, zucchini and goat cheese with a slice of gluten-free rice almond bread. She also eats goji berries, walnuts and dried mangoes on the mountain to stay energized.

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After Olympian Michael Phelps revealed that he consumed 12,000 calories a day during his training, the diets of world-class athletes became a point of discussion.

With the Winter Olympics just around the corner, we wondered what this new group of athletes was eating. Learn what the top athletes (from skiers to hockey players) are consuming to prepare for the Olympics.

Check out the slideshow above for more on the diets of Olympians.

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