Our Olympic Team USA has made us all so very proud, and they have shown the world that they have put in the time and effort to become the champions, with one gold medal after another! We all know it’s incredibly hard to become an Olympian. The dedication these athletes have demonstrated is beyond amazing! Most have honed their skills their entire life, spending countless house practicing and playing their sports of choice. Here are a few of the numbers so you can see what it really takes to become an elite athlete…
By the numbers, here’s what it takes to become an Olympic athlete:
5 – Sessions per day martial arts expert Travis Stevens trains in order to prepare for London 2012. A typical schedule: 7-8:30 am, Weight training. 9-10:30 am, Judo. 11-11:30 am, Sprints. 2-3 pm, Cross-training. 6:30-8 pm, Judo. 10-11 pm, Running.
12,000 – The calories swimmer Michael Phelps eats every day to replenish the energy he burns training. That’s more than enough to feed a family of four.
100 – Chin-ups executed by gymnast Shawn Johnson during conditioning sessions when she was in eighth grade.
4 – Years in advance that Olympic hopefuls schedule their workouts.
25,000 – Dollars that a gold winner medal on Team USA receives. Silver earns $15,000 and bronze nets $10,000.