Fuel for their fires: What Olympians eat (video)

Washington Post | August 5th, 2016 11:37 am - updated: 10:19 pm.

Source: (Daron Taylor, Jayne Orenstein, Dani Johnson/The Washington Post)

Here’s what five Olympic athletes eat to fuel their training.

During the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, U.S. swimming phenom Michael Phelps reportedly ate a jaw-dropping 12,000 calories a day. Now for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Phelps says he’s changed his ways by eating grilled chicken instead of pizza and reducing his calorie intake substantially.

So we wondered how other Olympic athletes approach nutrition — might they follow a 2008 Phelps diet or a 2016 Phelps diet?

In this video we break down what a select group of Olympic athletes eat in a day based on previous statements about their diets and using the USDA’s online nutritional and calorie calculator.

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