“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part;
the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”
~ Pierre de Coubertin, founder of modern Olympic Games
In this site, these are the articles surrounding the Olympics:
“Training was a time where resolutions made in the enthusiasm of an inspired moment were put to personal test.”
Herb Elliot, Olympic Runner
Training is a difficult ordeal for everyone involved in the Olympics. Their daily schedules are ever-enduring and very hard to keep up with. A typical day’s schedule would consist of specified diets and meals after every run.
This example of a normal day was contrived from numerous training schedules.
o Breakfast at 8AM (probably an assortment of high-energy drinks, juices, and specialized cereal
o 9-11:30: training, with few breaks
o 11:20-2: mid-morning snack (banana, white bread, honey, sports drink, etc)
o 2 PM: afternoon meal consisting of potatoes, cheeses, fruits, and water
o 4 PM: afternoon snack consisting of fruits, sport drinks, and chocolate
o 5:30-6:30: run
o 7:15 PM: evening meal of tomatoes, sauces, unlimited vegetables, pastas, chicken or other meats, yogurt, and water
o 9 PM: evening snack of bread, peanut butter, and tea
As you can see, training for the Olympics is a complicated ordeal that requires a great deal of commitment and hard work. Athletes eat an enormous amount to keep their energy levels up, and the cost to do this sometimes determines whether or not an athlete can compete. They consider their diet as important as the shoes they wear. Also, every medal winner has to have a drug test taken, to make sure that they do not have an unfair advantage. It is every athlete’s to compete in the Olympics, and they will do everything they can to make this dream come true.
Oxlade, Chris. Olympics. New York, NY: Dorling Kinderslet Publishing, 2000
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