The Checkup: Olympic Swimmers Need 8,000 Calories a Day

How many calories do other athletes need? It depends.


• Right before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps made a splash (pardon the pun) when word about his pre-Olympics diet came out: The swimmer was reportedly consuming a whopping 12,000 calories a day to fuel up for a grueling practice and competition schedule. This time around, NPR consulted a professor of sports nutrition at the University of Colorado to calculate how many calories other athletes need, and put it all into a nice little chart. Swimmers and other endurance athletes (marathon runners, cyclists, rowers) need roughly 3,000 to 8,000 calories to fuel up before competition, and to make sure they hit their energy mark, they’ll often carb-load. Gymnasts need between 2,000 and 2,500 calories, while fencers and wrestlers might get less than 1,500, with diets often restricted in order to meet weight-class requirements. Check out the chart here.

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