What Olympians eat for breakfast: From chocolate pancakes with cottage cheese to eggs with oatmeal, we reveal how Team USA starts the day

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if you're an Olympian.

Team USA shipped 85 pallets of food totaling hundreds of pounds to Pyeongchang, South Korea, to make sure athletes have the fuel they need to win big at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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The team also brought along four sports nutritionists that give dietary recommendations based on how hard the athletes are training, how much energy they are likely to burn, and how heavy or light they need to be for competition.

When it comes to breakfast, they each have a unique take on how to start the day.

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Figure skaters and ski jumpers need to be lighter and leaner because their events require being light enough to fly through the air.

Luge and bobsleigh athletes, on the other hand, need to be heavier because more weight makes their sleds slide down the track faster.

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Ohio State University sports nutritionist Kacie Vavrek told Daily Mail Online that generally in the days before a competition, athletes will eat a lot of carbs to build up glycogen stores that can be used later.

Carbs are particularly important for athletes in sports that require a lot of endurance such as cross country skiing.

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'Endurance athletes will pay more attention to carbs versus the shorter program athletes who don’t need the same amount of carbs,' Vavrek said.

On the day of, athletes will likely ingest more sugars for quick energy.

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'Sugar and refined carbs will go straight to your blood sugar and give you energy right away, which is why some athletes will eat sports gels.'

Some athletes will even eat candies like Swedish Fish or jelly beans before competitions for quick energy, but Vavrek says that overall athletes try to go for more complex energy sources.

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'When you’re fueling for a sport there are some sugars that...
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