8 Surprising Facts About the Olympics

Learn the scientific reason behind the success of Olympic athletes.

8 Surprising Facts About the Olympics

By Toni Gasparis

Do you know why Olympic athletes eat 8,000 calories a day? Do you know the gene that could determine an athlete's ability? Find out these facts and more about the Olympics, here.


Olympic athletes eat more than the average person.

Olympians consume a large number of calories because their activity level is significantly higher than the average person. Gymnasts and synchronized swimmers eat 2,000 to 2,500 calories a day whereas team sports players like beach volleyball athletes eat around 4,500. Athletes that compete for multiple hours like swimmers and cyclists may eat up to 8,000 calories in a day because they need it for lasting energy.

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