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A day in the life with Evan Bates

2014 Winter Olympic Games - Season 2014
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A day in the life with Evan Bates

What does figure skater Evan Bates eat throughout a typical training day?

I normally wake up between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. and prepare to spend four to five hours training every day.

First, I do a 15 minute off-ice warm up in the morning, beginning at 7:45 a.m.

From 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., we spend two hours training on the ice.

I eat often throughout the day to sustain energy. I also sip Gatorade on the ice to keep my energy up. A typical breakfast for me is oatmeal with nuts, piece of fruit and two glasses of water.

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I go home for a quick break and I might have some snacks. I like Lara bars and protein bars, nuts like almonds or cashews, chia squeeze, and sometimes fruit.

In the afternoons, I start with a 10 minute off-ice warm up at 12:15 p.m. Then we spend about one or two more hours on the ice until about 2:30 p.m.

Lunch is usually an omelet with vegetables and Ezekiel bread.

Depending on the day, we have different classes later in the afternoon. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, we are in the gym for an hour; on Thursdays, we have an afternoon ballet class. Workouts with our trainer, Aaron Stickel are pretty grueling. The workouts in the summer are especially difficult, and Friday workouts are notoriously grueling.

I vary what I have for dinner most nights. Mostly I eat chicken and fish, vegetables, and rice (except when it's pizza night!). My grandpa was a fantastic cook and gave me some cooking lessons when he lived in Ann Arbor. After he passed away he left me his knives which I feel like were very personal to him. Every time I cook I feel close to him and especially when I use his knives.

Sometimes I do yoga in the evening. Madi [partner Madison Chock] and I do yoga once or twice a week. We really enjoy it.

If I’m going to eat something for dessert, I like ice cream and candy.

Finally, I try to get between eight and nine hours of sleep per night.

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