Nutrition & the Olympic Games
Every athlete wishes to get the best food to help them specifically reach their goals at the Olympic Games. What is considered the best diet for an athlete has changed over time. What a modern day elite athlete eats prior to competing differs greatly from earlier Olympics and is particularly different to what they would have eaten in ancient times when the Games were first held in Greece.
Previous Games — Diets of athletes at previous modern Olympic Games.
Ancient Olympics — Athlete nutrition at the original Olympic Games in ancient Greece.
Food at the Olympic Village — it is a huge undertaking to supply food to all the athletes and support staff.
Current Athletes — The dietary needs of the current day Olympic athlete.
Below is an article related to nutrition at all Olympic Games. There is also a list of research relating to the Nutrition Services at the Sdney 2000 Olympic Games.
- Pelly, F. E., O'Connor, H. T., Denyer, G. S. and Caterson, I. D. (2011), Evolution of food provision to athletes at the summer Olympic Games. Nutrition Reviews, 69: 321–332.
This article provides insight into the evolution of sports nutrition and the dietary strategies of athletes. In early Olympic Games (1932 to 1968) menus favoured protein as the main fuel for exercise. Despite beneficial evidence from the 1960s, an emphasis on carbohydrate-rich foods was not noted until the 1970s. Athlete food preferences and catering evolved rapidly from 1970, with influences from expert nutritional advice and sponsorship.