Let's face it, figure skaters are tiny. I found myself becoming anxious as I watched one particularly skinny Russian girl be thrown around by her male partner. "If she hit the ice, would she shatter?" I thought. The next thought: "What do they even eat?" The eating habits of Olympians have been well-documented, from the spreads at the Olympic Village to Michael Phelps's daily feasts of epic proportions. However, when I watch the games, I see more focus on how skaters train rather than what they eat. It was the footage of Kimmie Meissner working out during the last Olympic games that inspired me to amp up my exercise routine a bit.
So what the heck do they eat? According to this article on Yahoo! Health
, they "eat for the gold." I had no idea what that entailed, so I read on. It listed, in chronological order, several famous skating stars and their typical diets on the day of competition. The responses ranged from "bland foods such as eggs and cottage cheese" to "whole wheat toast" to "delicious, homemade soups like chipotle sweet potato and cheesy yogurt-broccoli."
The last one sounds the best to me, and the most helpful for keeping warm during a long day on the ice! What do you think? Any skaters out there? What do you eat to keep yourself healthy and fit?