Lindsey Vonn’s Olympic Diet Shows How Athletes Benefit From Personal Chefs

In the world of downhill skiing, Lindsey Vonn is one of the biggest names of all-time. Though she’s no longer active, she’s one of this century’s most successful and winningest skiers.

For Vonn, competition is about more than just training and preparation. It also involved putting the proper fuel in the body. She didn’t do that by herself, however.

Let’s take a closer look at how Vonn’s Olympic diet showed exactly how athletes can benefit from using the services of a personal chef. 

Lindsay Vonn’s career overview

Lindsey Vonn on the red carpet
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Vonn was born in Minnesota in 1984. She showed interest in skiing at an early age, beginning at the age of seven. In 2008, she won her first World Cup championship — she’d win three more during her illustrious career. Her biggest career achievement was a gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Sadly, an injury sidelined her for the 2014 Winter Games. This made her next Olympic comeback all the more inspiring — she managed to score bronze at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Vonn called it a career in 2019 with a whopping 82 World Cup victories to her name. 

For an athlete as successful as Vonn, nutrition and fitness no doubt played a huge role. But what was Vonn’s nutritional regimen that enabled her to remain not just competitive, but at the very top of her game? 

What type of food Lindsey Vonn eats to prepare for a competition

Vonn may eat healthily, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t eat delicious foods as well. Her diet for the run-up to the 2018 Winter Olympics was balanced, meant to keep her energized and fueled for optimal performance. Let’s walk through her average day, meal-by-meal outlined in Women’s Health Mag

  • Breakfast: For the most important meal of the day, Vonn would eat scrambled eggs with onions, mushrooms, red peppers, spinach, and hot sauce.  On the days with more training required, she would also have oatmeal. 
  • Lunch: For the mid-day meal, Vonn ate a protein like fish or chicken. She’d also have salads with rice, avocado, or chicken. She mixed in whole grains, and nuts. 
  • Snacktime: In between meals, Vonn sampled healthy snacks such as avocado toast, bananas, almond butter, tuna with mayo, and trail mix (sometimes with chocolate chips, but more often with almonds).
  • Dinner: Vonn said her favorite dinner meal was salmon, rice, and asparagus. It was delicious but also light. 
  • Dessert: You may assume Vonn skipped dessert entirely, but she didn’t. Her favorite dessert was a poached pear covered in a uniquely flavored yogurt: vanilla bean and turmeric. 

Vonn’s meals were always perfectly planned out. But who helped her with this? None other than a personal chef attuned to her dietary needs and preferences. 

How Lindsey Vonn’s personal chef gives her a winning edge

The person responsible for Vonn’s diet was her personal chef, Dan Churchill. Churchill designed a diet that both delighted and fulfilled Vonn. The key was to provide a nutritious diet with lots of protein that Vonn would enjoy. 

The most important aspect for Churchill was communicating with Vonn, as the slightest issue with her diet could throw off her sleep schedule and training. Churchill summarized his role as her chef: 

“My responsibility is to make sure she gets the right nutrients, but also has the opportunity to chill out…If you are overall happy, everything is optimized. You could have 6 percent body fat, and be a gold-medal Olympian, but not be happy because all you’ve been doing is training and eating broccoli every day.”

If Vonn’s bronze medal comeback performance in 2018 was any indication, Churchill did a tremendous job getting her prepared.