Winter Olympics: America's Top Contenders In the Kitchen and On the Ice
Hannah Kearney: Freestyle Skiing - Moguls
Gold medal winner and two-time Olympian Hannah Kearney loves to experiment in the kitchen. "When I’m home, I cook elaborate meals," she says, "and when I’m on the road, I cook for my teammates whenever I get a chance. I often make crêpes when we’re traveling. Cottage cheese pancakes and pasta carbonara are two of my favorite simple dishes."
Julie Chu: Ice Hockey
Competitive cooking shows like Top Chef, Iron Chef and Chopped inspire three-time Olympic medalist Julie Chu to approach cooking fearlessly. "I'm not afraid to try new recipes and make mistakes," she says. "Food is an important part of my life. I like to take a basic recipe and put my own spin on it, from lasagna to meatballs to eggplant Parmesan and different pasta dishes."
Kelly Clark: Snowboarding / Halfpipe
Snowboarder Kelly Clark, a three-time Olympian and two-time medalist, grew up around food: Her family (all enthusiastic skiers) owns TC’s Family Restaurant in West Dover, Vermont. "I can hold my own in the kitchen," she says. She eats a hearty, balanced diet: "My top five favorite foods are red meat, brussels sprouts, eggs, salad and sweet potatoes."
Rico Roman: Sled Hockey / Paralympian
First-time Paralympian Rico Roman is a barbecue fanatic when he’s home from competition. "We barbecue anything and everything in Texas," he says. "I'd honestly rather cook and eat at home than go out." He has a serious sweet tooth as well: "My favorite indulgence is Voodoo Doughnuts when I get to visit my mom back in Portland."
Ted Ligety: Alpine Skiing
Gold medalist Ted Ligety is a man of simple but classic tastes: "I love to cook steak and potatoes!" he says. "My favorites are rib-eye steak with jalapeño-cheddar mashed potatoes."
Meryl Davis: Figure Skating / Ice Dance
"Since I was quite young," says Meryl Davis, "baking has been one of my favorite pastimes. I find it so relaxing. I like to bake alone, but share the finished product." The silver medalist indulges her sweets cravings when she dines out as well. "If I go out to eat, it's very rare for me not to get dessert," she says. "Chocolate lava cake is my ultimate weakness."