These Olympic Athletes Are Just 17 Years Old — and You’ll Never Believe Their Intense Training Plans

Olympic athletes are the best of the best. They train constantly. As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” These athletes are 17-years-old with intense training programs. Learn how they prepare for the Olympics, ahead.

Vincent Zhou

Vincent Zhou on the skating rink.

Vincent Zhou is dedicated to his passion. | 0316seisato via YouTube

Vincent Zhou, a figure skater for Team USA, only takes one to two days off after a competition. “[I am] an athlete who spends virtually my entire life training and doing schoolwork,” Zhou told NBC. After waking up at 7:30 a.m. and eating breakfast, Zhou heads to the rink. “I train around two and a half hours on ice each day, and I typically spend an hour training off the ice,” Zhou said.

Hint: This skier does gymnastics at home.

Tess Johnson

Tess Johnson holding a snowboard.

Her live is all about her favorite sport. | Tess Johnson via YouTube

A freestyle skier, Tess Johnson, is always moving. “If I don’t do something active for a day, I start doing gymnastics on our furniture,” Johnson told NBC. “It drives my family crazy and they tell me to go do Johnson Olympics (run around the house 10 times).” Johnson keeps a training journal, a tip non-Olympians can adopt.

Hint: Practice is what this snowboarder loves.

Red Gerard

Red Gerrard standing in a snowy forest.

He may be young, but he’s got talent. | Red Gerard via Instagram

Colorado native, Red Gerard, is “younger than any previous U.S. Olympic male snowboarder,” according to NBC. He likes to have fun as any teenager does. “The practices are what I live for. They’re so much fun, I think, just because there’s not too much pressure,” Gerard told USA Today. “You’re really pushing your friends to do the best run and put together the best run, and you’re also just having a good time.”

Hint: For one snowboarder, working out feels like having fun.

Chloe Kim

Chloe Kim in a forst.

She works so hard, but enjoys every second of it. | Chloe Kim via Instagram

Another snowboarder for Team USA is Chloe Kim. She snowboards for more than three hours a day and recovers on a bike, according to PopSugar. Kim describes her training as “pretty mellow.” “I don’t even feel like I’m working hard or working out. It’s just, like . . . fun, and I might be a little sore the next day, but I’m so down to go do it again. It’s a pretty good workout! [laughs] I’d highly recommend it!”

Hint: Naps are part of training for this Olympic athlete.

Hailey Langland

Hailey holds a gold medal while holding a snowboard.

She doesn’t push herself past her limits. | Hailey Langland via Instagram

A third snowboarder representing Team USA at 17 years old is Hailey Langland. “If it’s a nice bluebird day and the snow is good, I’ll ride all day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” Langland told NBC. “After riding, I get home, and probably take a nap, wake up, do some homework, get some physical therapy work done, and by that time I should be having dinner,” Langland said. She admits she’s “new to the whole working out thing,” and doesn’t push herself too hard. “I know what my limits are and I don’t dare to put myself in a situation where I find myself absolutely suffering the next day from a workout.”

Hint: Skating is this athlete’s full time job.

Maame Biney

Maame Biney cheering in the rink.

She worked her way to the top. | Maame Biney via Instagram

Maame Biney, a 17-year-old from Virginia, is the first black woman to qualify for Team USA’s Short Track Speedskating Team. Biney “skates around eight hours a day,” The Huffington Post said. Her morning starts with the “exercise bike, stretching, [and] jogging,” according to The Washington Post. When she’s not training, Maame is doing homework for online classes.

Hint: This girl travels across the world to train.

Zoi Sadowski Synnott

Zoi holds a metal and smiles.

She has what it takes to win. | Zoi Sadowski Synnott via Instagram

Competing for New Zealand is 16-year-old snowboarder, Zoi Sadowski Synnott. She comes to the U.S. every year for two months to train in Colorado, according to NBC. “In 2012 I realised that snowboarding was the sport for me,” Synnott told NBC. “I loved it so much I wanted to skip school. Traveling around the world to train for two months is a sure sign Zoi will do whatever it takes to get to the games.

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