What Top U.S. Olympians Really Eat

Hunter Kemper

It seems as though competing in three Olympics, being inducted into the Wake Forest Hall of Fame, and even becoming the first-ever triathlete to be featured on a Wheaties cereal box is just not enough for Hunter Kemper. Still in search of an Olympic medal — he gets his chance to try again early Tuesday morning — Kemper sure demonstrates drive: He’s just become the first American athlete to qualify for all four Olympic triathlons! Hunter downs about 4,000 calories and more than 100 ounces of water a day to fuel his daily running, biking, and swim practices. After his morning workout, he recovers with his “not so green” smoothie, a strategic blend of yogurt, OJ, berries, banana, spinach, and honey, along with a solid meal of eggs, toast, and more yogurt. To prep for competition, Hunter eats a big pasta dinner with chicken and bread the night before, and fuels up the morning of the event with a light, carb-rich meal like a banana, bagel, or Oatmeal Raisin Granola pr*bar. Hunter’s nightly ritual is guzzling a glass of water with two scoops of Metamucil, which keeps him regular, especially important when he’s traveling for international races.

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