EAT LIKE AN OLYMPIAN
Healthy food, beverages reflect dietary needs of athletes
On the ski hill at Canada Olympic Park, corn dogs, burgers and fries are the meals of choice for those slipping down the slopes.
Inside WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre, athletes need a different kind of food to fuel them.
A few months ago, their options in the facility’s cafeteria were limited to carb-heavy bread sandwiches slathered with gloppy mayonnaise and filled with processed meat, a salad bar stocked with mayo-laden potato salad and energy drinks. Now, a shift in the food and bever- age program is answering the dietary needs of those training to represent Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi — and other sports — while having a ripple effect in what others are ordering to eat.
“We were used to tourism. Kids on the ski hill want corn dogs,” says Jason McKay, the director of food and beverage sales for WinSport Canada. “We needed to switch that mentality so we have options for healthier dishes.”