Olympic Athletes Offer Their Best Advice

By Kate Wilke

Whether you are an athlete training to win or you are just beginning an exercise regimen, these tips come from competitors who have overcome the toughest trials to become the best at their sport. Their advice comes from experience with self-discipline, mental strength, and years of practice.

Lindsey Vonn:

Let go of your fears. Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn told Self magazine, “What’s the point in being afraid? I’ve crashed a million times. If you go around being afraid, you’re never going to enjoy life. You have only one chance, so you’ve got to have fun.” Vonn will not be competing in Sochi due to an unstable knee. During her interview with TODAY on January 28, Vonn announced she will be reporting live from TODAY on how athletes prepare physically and mentally for the Olympic games.

Julia Mancuso:

Work your core and legs together. “It’s a fast sport, and it’s really about making the smoothest turn, the fastest time out of the gate,” said alpine skier Julia Mancuso in an interview with Self magazine. Mancuso performs tuck jumps to connect her core with your legs. This helps her with quick turns on the slopes.

Relax outdoors. In a video posted on NBC’s Olympics page, Mancuso gave an inside look to her life away from the mountains. Mancuso spends her time training outside in Maui. “Just being in the element is where I feel at home. It’s about letting go. Muscling through it isn’t going to help you. No matter how strong you are, just relax, try to find your balance, and then everything will start to flow for you,” Mancuso said in the NBC’s Olympics video when referring to her outdoors gym and love for surfing.

Mikaela Shiffrin: 

Combine speed and agility. Mikaela Shiffrin, an alpine skier, told Self magazine, “I love slalom because while I’m speeding down the hill, I still have to be extremely precise and quick with my feet in order to make all the gates. It’s a combination of a love for speed and a love for discipline and agility.” Self magazine reported that Shiffrin’s favorite exercise to perfect speed and agility is to pair quick feet moves with plyometric jumps.

Grete Eliassen: 

Use gadgets. “Eliassen is a 27-year-old freestyle skier. She has the sort of sculpted, 5-foot-10, 140-pound physique that looks like it burns 7,000 calories a day. Some days, according to her Fitbit Flex, that’s exactly what happens,” reported The Wall Street Journal. Fitbits track movement and translate data into an estimation of how many calories are burned, and even track the length and quality of sleep.

The 2014 Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia on February 6. Tune in to NBC to watch your favorite athletes compete!

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