Powering the pushers: what are our bobsledders eating?

Powering the pushers: what are our bobsledders eating?

By Asif Hossain

This week the Cunard Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia was home to Gold Medal Plates. The star-studded event featured Olympian Marnie McBean and some of Canada’s top entertainers taking the stage.  They saw nine chefs compete for a spot in the Canadian Culinary Championships, while helping to raise funds for Canada’s athletes.

Across the country in Whistler, British Columbia, chef Hanna Pierse is also hosting some of Canada’s top talent. Her guests though are aiming for a different stage, the Sanki Sliding Centre in northeast Sochi – home to bobsleigh at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.  The kitchen staff are helping these Olympic hopefuls to produce what Vancouver 2010 gold medalllist Heather Moyse describes as “six seconds of pure speed and power.”

SEE ALSO: The grocery list

With 27 of Canada’s top bobsledders at the Whistler Sliding Centre ahead of the Canadian championships on October 19-20, chef Pierse is understandably quite busy fuelling future Olympians.

Nonetheless, she took time to share some of her culinary activities with Olympic.ca this week.

Eggs

From Tuesday to Thursday 288 eggs (10.6 per athlete).

SandwichesWednesday’s lunch included 40 roast beef sandwiches (roasted in the morning by kitchen staff) with horseradish yogurt sauce, spinach and shredded carrot.

In the first two days the staff purchased 15 kilograms (each) of potatoes, bananas, apples and pears.

Rolls

There were 90 rolls served as part of Thursday’s lunch, containing julienned carrot, zucchini, soba noodles with beef, shrimp and peanut sauce. About 1 kg of shrimp and over 2 kilos of steak were rolled inside these gems in 50 minutes.

Meat

Meat. A lot of meat. In the first three nights the athletes went through 9 kg of salmon, 40 chicken breasts (from 20 whole chickens – the staff breaks the meat apart by hand) and pictured above, Wednesday night’s dinner featured 40 x 8 oz steaks.

Curry

Wednesday night’s curry. Yes, those are bananas. “It’s one of those things that you’d never think to add,” chef Pierse said. “It can add a lot of depth to the flavour.”

Thursday

Thursday’s dinner saw the bobsledders devour 45 chicken legs, another 14 chicken breasts, glazed carrots, warm quinoa salad and green beans.

Canada won three bobsleigh medals in Vancouver. The two-woman teams took gold and silver and a bronze was had in the four-man event. With proper nourishment, Canadian athletes could be on track to replicate that success in Sochi.

SEE ALSO: Moyse: a day in the life | Canada’s men of bobsleigh

By Asif Hossain

Olympic Club

Feature Poll

TO2015 Pan Am VenuesSee All

Venue Guide: Beach Volleyball Centre

Upcoming GamesSee All

2015 Toronto

2015 Toronto

Toronto was awarded the 2015 Pan American Games on November 6, 2009, defeating bids from Lima, Peru and Bogota, Colombia….

Top Team Canada Fans

Dirk Viemann

Current Level

Captain

  • Total: 997 points
  • Earned this week: 997 points
  • Next Level: All-Star
  • Needed: 253 points

Bekki Draper

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 699 points
  • Earned this week: 699 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 51 points

Ally Oppedisano

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 687 points
  • Earned this week: 687 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 63 points

Blair Munn

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 686 points
  • Earned this week: 686 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 64 points

Samantha Stewart

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 646 points
  • Earned this week: 646 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 104 points

Matthew Tully

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 650 points
  • Earned this week: 650 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 100 points

Lawrence Lam

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 570 points
  • Earned this week: 570 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 180 points

Mark Andrew

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 562 points
  • Earned this week: 562 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 188 points

Website by zync.ca | Programmed by Trew Knowledge | Powered by WordPress.com VIP

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 901 other followers