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Gold Medal Eats: The surprising diets of Olympic champs



By Stephanie Castillo for

If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent the better part of these last few weeks watching the Olympic Trials and, possibly, drooling over Ryan Lochte’s abs. (We jest, but when you consider how sexist the Olympics can be, we figure we might as well get in a look, too.) In any case, you’ve probably also noticed that the trials—and some of its athletes—are sponsored by fast food chains, which got us wondering: What do these men and women actually eat to fuel their race for the finish line? Some strange things, as it turns out.

Here are 12 athletes, most of whom are competing in London’s summer games, with eating habits you never would have guessed.

(Photo: Venus Williams from

1. Venus Williams
After this tennis star was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome—an incurable autoimmune disease—in 2011, she adopted a raw vegan diet to better deal with her symptoms. We know the word “raw” can be a little intimidating, but it’s essentially when your daily food intake consists of uncooked fruits and veggies. Williams, who will head to London and play Olympic doubles with her sister Serena, loves to load up on green juices, sprout salads and lentils.

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