The Surprising Food U.S. Olympic Athlete Chloe Kim Craved Before Competition

U.S. Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim's tweets about food are something we can all relate to.

9375299l) Gold medalist Chloe Kim of the US during the medal ceremony for the women's Snowboard Halfpipe event during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, South Korea, 13 February 2018. Snow Boarding - PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, Daegwallyeong-Myeon, Korea - 13 Feb 2018Photo: Antonia Bat /EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

If you’ve followed the Olympic Games to any extent, you’d probably guess that the athletes involved have a pretty strict diet to stick to. Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most gold-medal adorned Olympian of all time, reportedly ate around 12,000 calories per day while he was in training for the summer games. To put that into perspective, that’s about 200 servings of our five-ingredient fudge. (Of course, we’d guess that his meal plan included much more protein!)

The 2018 Winter Olympics, however, have made us look at Olympians’ diets in a different light. Turns out, we’ve discovered that athletes are just like us—especially if you’re following the junk-food cravings of 17-year-old U.S. snowboarder Chloe Kim. Prior to her competition, Kim sent out several tweets. “I’m so nervous!!!!!!!” she broadcasted in the days before the women’s halfpipe finals, “Oh and I also had 2 churros today and they were pretty bomb so if you ever get nervous go eat a churro.” This is proof that even Olympic athletes crave comfort food. Need some right now? Try our Top 10 Comfort Food Recipes.

If you’re chuckling, you’re not alone. Thousands of fans retweeted the teen athlete and hundreds commented to validate the (totally silly) science behind her statement. We’re tempted to follow her advice with our recipe for Churro French Toast. What’s more, Kim tweeted again during the games about how she was craving a frosty, frozen treat. “Could be down for some ice cream…” It seems like a little bit of a sugar boost was necessary before the big competition. Our only question: vanilla or mint-chocolate chip?

As if we couldn’t love this U.S. snowboarder any more, hours before her competition, Kim sent out one last tweet: “Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich but my stubborn self decided not to and now I’m getting hangry.” Oh, how we can relate! It’s nice to know that even Olympic athletes get a little bit upset when passing up a breakfast sandwich. (Psst! These breakfast recipes are perfect to eat on the go!)

After all the ups and downs, Chloe Kim astounded us all with her impressive snowboarding skills and took home the gold for the women’s half pipe in Pyeongchang. Her win left us wondering—what did she eat to celebrate?

Go for gold with these winning comfort food recipes.
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Nicole Doster
Nicole is a writer, editor and lover of Italian food. In her spare time, you’ll find her thumbing through vintage cookbooks or testing out recipes in her tiny kitchen.