Great Britain's female curling team are aiming for Gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Find out what they eat while training and their favourite treats...
Representing Great Britain at the 2018 Winter Olympics, meet the women's curling team: Skip Eve Muirhead, 27, third Anna Sloan, 26, second Vicki Adams, 27, lead Lauren Gray, 25, and alternate Kelly Schafer, 36. They've good reason to be optimistic after picking up medals at the World and European Championships in 2017.
5 things you didn't know about Team GB's curling team...
1. They’re on the ice for up to nine hours a day
It takes hard work, sheer determination and a lot of time in the rink to reach Olympian standard. Lauren explains: “Curling is a very physical sport. You can be on the ice for up to three hours for one game, and sometimes play two to three games a day. You’re constantly working, and you’re constantly burning mental and physical energy. It’s not all as glamorous as it seems; there’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears behind the scenes.”
2. For Olympic athletes, food is fuel
Finding the right mix of healthy carbohydrates, protein and fats is essential for the curling team to maintain their energy levels and build strength. Anna says: “For us, healthy eating is all about fuel.” Eve adds: “Breakfast is usually scrambled egg or smoked salmon on brown bread. Lunch can be salads or wraps with some protein, maybe chicken or tuna. And then at dinner, we’ll have fish, salmon, chicken or red meats along with veg, potatoes and rice. We try to get as much variety into our food as possible.”
3. Even award-winning athletes need a treat sometimes
Just like us non-Olympians, the ladies enjoy a little of what they fancy. Eve says: “I love Thai food, so that would be my go-to, but I know the girls are great pizza fans, Anna especially. Vicki loves chocolate. I’ve got to hide it from her when we’re staying away.”
4. They don’t just train together – they cook together, too
Competing in a team comes with challenges, but these athletes have it down to a fine art. And they even demonstrate good team work in the kitchen. Lauren explains: “I think we’ve all got little traits that keep each other going.” Vicki says: “Sometimes we cook for each other and we’ll definitely usually eat breakfast and lunch together about four or five times a week just with training.” Eve says: “The last thing I cooked, which went down very well, was a steak, pesto and rocket salad.”
5. The food they can’t travel without is… porridge
Which classic dish is the go-to breakfast of these elite athletes? A bowl of hearty, warming oats. The team even go so far as to stash emergency rations in case of a shortage when they travel. Vicki laughs: “I think for all of us it will probably be porridge. We pack it in our cases when we go away, just in case. I think I speak for everyone when saying that would be the breakfast of champions.”
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