Competition day can affect athletes' diet, too. Here is how Martin Fréchette, Sport Dietitian for short track speed skating at Speed Skating Canada, advises his athletes to fill their plates for standard training days versus competition days. Why the difference? Protein is difficult to digest and the athletes are in need of a lot of energy, so a higher carb ratio is better.
Food is fuel for winter olympians. Depending on the sport, athletes require differing combinations of carbohydrates, proteins and vegetables - the three main nutritional components of a balanced, healthy diet.