Have you been following the 2016 Rio Olympics? I know I sure have! I would love to take these next couple weeks off work to watch the competition all day every day. I get very nervous watching some of the events and I get very emotional following along with the athletes’ stories and outcomes. They have worked so hard to get to this point and I cannot imagine how it feels to be part of something so amazing.
DID YOU KNOW more than 550 athletes are representing Team USA, including 292 women, the most to ever compete for a single country?!
The athletes train long and hard and one of the key elements in an Olympic athlete’s training plan is nutrition! Nutrition is so important for overall health, improved performance, recovery, etc. and when you are competing against the best of the best, what you ate the night before could be the deciding factor between a gold and a silver medal (or no medal at all!).
It really does take a village to prepare for the nutritional needs of these athletes during training and when traveling to the Olympic games. For example:
- A dozen chefs will prepare the food for the U.S. athletes and staff
- The USOC has 5 full-time sports dietitians
- 7 tractor trailers of food and supplies were sent to Rio
- Chobani shipped more than 70,000 individual containers of yogurt to Rio
So today I share with you some wonderful posts I have found and read that describe what exactly it takes to fuel Olympic athletes from the perspective of sports dietitians and from the athletes themselves.
- Great insights into the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, where about 130 athletes live and another 15,000 visit annually to train.
- Includes insights from USOC sports dietitian, including 8 Steps for Peak Performance Nutrition.
- How Sanya Richards-Ross, Missy Franklin, Aly Raisman, Dana Vollmer and more use nutrition to fuel their bodies and recover from their training
- How top athletes get their nutrition needs met
- Even Olympic athletes eat fast food (when the games are over)
- Sports dietitians working with Olympic athletes share some of the best winning sports nutrition secrets
- How you can apply these same principles to your life and training
- Rio’s dining hall runs the length of four Olympic swimming pools and can accommodate 18,000 people and 460,000 pounds of food a day
- Sports dietitians discuss how they fuel so many athletes with such unique needs
- Day in the life of Natalie, a 12x Olympic medalist who was hoping to make it to her 4th games
- The importance of 2nd breakfast
- She has wine every day
- What her favorite treat is
- How they feed a large number of athletes
- Cutting edge research related to diet and performance
Louise Burke is a big-time name in the sports nutrition world and I actually visited the Australian Institute of Sport back when I studied abroad in Australia
GO TEAM USA!!
What are your favorite Olympic sports to watch?
Mine are swimming, beach volleyball, and gymnastics right now but I am hoping to see some trampoline this year!