The 2018 Winter Olympics are going on right now in PyeongChang, South Korea and we congratulate all the athletes that are competing and representing Team USA.
But for thousands of athletes in America and around the world, training begins now for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. We were able to catch up with a couple of aspiring Olympians on our Podcast, Fueled By Death Cast, and they told us how they train and what fuels them to compete.
Paige is an incredible long track speed skater and after narrowly missing qualifying for the 2018 games, she is already well into her training looking towards 2022. When we asked her about those rare moments she takes a break, she had this to say:
"My off time, it could be anywhere from drinking coffee, coffee's life. I love reading. I actually like to go hiking by myself sometimes, you know clear my head cause we're always on it all the time. So I like being outdoors. I don't get home 'til about 7:00, wake up at 7:00 AM and then come home for two hours for lunch and that's basically my day. Even on my off days like I actually have to take care of my body and recover. You know recovery's pretty important."
Hunter is the current National Mogul Skiing champion and has his sights set on skiing for Team USA in Beijing in four years. He has had his ups and downs in the sport and relies on his training to keep him focused. A strong cup of coffee is usually his first step. When we asked him about his all-in approach to skiing, he had this to say:
"A lot of people can kinda just go out there and they can kinda mail it in, ski the same run a bunch of times, and they'll get a lot of second, thirds. They might win every now and then, and kind of the way that I go about it is like ... Like last year, I didn't have a podium until nationals. I didn't have anything until nationals. It came together at nationals and it worked out, but I kind of just spent the rest of the year just fucking up, just falling and crashing. So I don't know, I think that like, the "nothing to lose" thing kind of plays right into my cards."
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