Olympians at the Plate
Find out what Apolo Ohno, Hannah Teter, Sasha Cohen and more of the world’s top athletes eat to win.
Speed skater Apolo Ohno, five-time Olympic medalist:
My go-to recovery meal is coconut chicken curry. I like to cook it with lean chicken thighs or breasts, potatoes, coconut milk, onions, garlic and vegetables. I eat it with rice or just as a soup. It’s the perfect recovery food, with good carbohydrates from rice and potatoes and protein from the chicken. You can make it as spicy or sweet as you like. I like mine caliente!
Recipe to try: Quick Thai Chicken & Vegetable Curry.
Snowboarder Hannah Teter, gold medalist in the women’s halfpipe at the 2006 Olympics:
I’m basically on an organic-only diet. I don’t go to restaurants that don’t serve organic—ever. I cook at home most of the time and I enjoy eating super-healthy, pesticide-free food all the time... Everyone’s calling me “Hannah Organa” and I think that’s really funny, because they know I’m full-on.
Sasha Cohen, silver medalist in figure skating at the 2006 Olympics:
My favorite food is sushi—it’s such a clean food and high in protein. Plus it’s fun to get lots of small bites and interact with the chefs at the sushi bar.
Recipe to try: Brown Rice & Tofu Maki.
Bobsledder Erin Pac, who placed sixth in the 2009 World Championship bobsled event and is considered a force to be reckoned with this Olympics:
Keeping weight on is important in bobsledding. We walk up an icy hill that’s a mile long several times a day, so it’s really hard to maintain my weight. I typically lose 5 to 10 pounds during the season. My secret-weapon food is avocado. I put it on everything. I eat it for the good healthy fats and use it in place of sauces and mayo. I love it with eggs, on my salads, on my sandwiches and with salmon.
Speed skater Catherine Raney, a three-time Olympian who holds the U.S. women’s records for the 3,000- and 5,000-meter events:
I know it’s kind of old-fashioned but my staple food for racing is peanut butter and jelly. In elementary school it was always my lunch. When I’m racing, I don’t really like to eat beforehand, but I know I have to. Peanut butter and jelly is comfort food for me. It gives me the calories and substance that I need without affecting my nerves. It never lets me down.
Photo Credit: NBC / USOC