Originally Posted by George Anderson
I have always wondered whats the training schedule like for an Olympic athlete? For example does a ice skater or snow skier basically practice daily for 4 years? Or is it less not as extreme and they only practice 2-3 times a week for 4 years?? I'm curious because it seems they spend so much time and energy for potentially only a few short opportunities to compete at in the Olympics.
I don't know about the other sports but skaters have specific schedules that they do almost every week. Most days they have two or three skating sessions (usually around 45 minutes for each session) and then they do off ice workouts such as strengthening exercises, lifting, or ballet classes at various times during the week too. For my friends at least, in between those sessions they coach at the rink, go to school (Amanda is a student at USF), or do some other types of work as their second (or third!) job. It's expensive to figure skate so most skaters (especially the lower ranked skaters) almost always work or coach to help with their expenses. My friends have both been skating since they were very young and the training increased as they got older and then got more experienced once they became a pairs team. It's quite a journey to get from young skater to Olympian but personally, I think that makes the sweetness of making the team that much better. My friends are sky high in Vancouver and knowing about their long journeys to get to this point makes it sweeter for me to watch them!
The USA all ready has five medals! One gold (Hannah Kearney in mogels), two silvers (Apolo in short track, Spillane in Nordic Combined today which was an AMAZING race), and two bronzes (Shannon Barhke in mogels and JR Celski in short track) and I know the Olympics aren't everyone's cup of tea but they've been pretty great to watch so far. I'm loving it and I can't wait to see the pairs competing tonight. I know I'm going to cry the minute I see my friends on that Olympic ice, LOL
(BTW-Thanks for the compliment about the website!