Team USA is on the ground in Pyeongchang, South Korea, primed and ready to compete on the world’s largest stage. As a staff prone to geeking out about how nutrition affects performance, we were especially curious to learn what the elites eat before their events.
We reached out to a number of Winter Olympians—everyone from Steve Langton, a 6'2", 227-pound bobsled push-man—to Madison Chock, a 5'2", 102-pound ice dancer, and many of the builds in between. Given the wildly different demands of each sport and the varying body types of each athlete (not to mention their unique taste preferences), we expected to get back a list of foods that reflected a similar variety. Instead, we found that nearly every athlete we spoke to eats some twist on the same foundational formula. Which raises the question: What is that basic lineup?