You might not ever be an Olympian, but why not get in the spirit by eating like one?
Elite athletes eat a lot and they eat well -- while they're training and competing. Some will carbo-load and stock up on 5,000 calories a day, while others stick to simply salad to stay lean, according to NPR. What Olympians eat is a huge point of fascination for us normal people.
At Sochi, the athlete village has to meet those demands, providing meals for the athletes, while the media center typically serves another 14,000 journalists.
Shaun Walker, the Moscow correspondent, tweeted a picture of the cafeteria food:
Plenty of other journalists have tweeted pictures of breakfast in Russia -- which is very different from what Americans might expect. It involves a whole lot of fish and meat.
Feeding all those athletes and coaches is an overwhelming logistical challenge. Some athletes have been raving about the food, but others can find the unfamiliarity overwhelming, particularly during the biggest event of their career. Snowboarding slopestyle champ Jamie Anderson, from South Lake Tahoe, said on NBC that the food the night before her finals didn't look great. So, she simply had a protein shake instead. When a shipment of 5,000 cups of Chobani yogurt was held at customs it left some athletes eating rice pudding for breakfast instead. (Oatmeal was already missing from the cafeteria.) The cafeteria -- also known as a great place to meet other athletes and mingle -- typically serves variations on local food, as well as favorites from around the world and, always, McDonald's.