From the Kitchen Table to the Training Table, Milk Helps Build Team USA Champions

Team USA Athletes Drink Milk Because Champions Are Built, Not Born

Team USA athletes know what it takes to compete for their country on the world’s stage. A lifetime of determination and training to master their sport combined with years of intense focus on a healthy diet has helped to build them into elite athletes on Team USA.

For many members of Team USA, their road to Rio started at home — with unwavering support from mom and dad, as well as their coaches, who provide the athletes with years of support. In fact, 71 percent of Team USA athletes credit their mothers for helping them drive their athletic success, according to a survey conducted this year of 1,113 retired, current and hopeful U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes.1

In addition, nine out of 10 Team USA athlete respondents said they drank milk while growing up. Their choice, a simple and wholesome nutrient powerhouse, was an important part of their diet growing up according to 83 percent of those who responded to the survey, first served at home by their mothers who encouraged their milk habit, reinforcing how important milk is for their diet.1

U.S. Olympic Team Members Fueled By Milk

Meet Team Milk, our inaugural team of athletes powered by milk. We are proud to partner with elite athletes to help fuel their training, including: 

  • Perry Baker: U.S. Olympian in the sport of rugby.
  • Elizabeth Beisel: U.S. Olympic bronze and silver medal winner in swimming, who competed in the Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 
  • Caitlin Leverenz: A bronze medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team for the third time in 2016. 
  • Danell Leyva: U.S. Olympic gymnast who won two individual silver medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and a bronze medal in the all-around competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

2016 U.S. Olympians Champion Nutrition a Key Factor to Their Training Regimen

According to the survey, ninety percent of Team USA athlete respondents consider their diet more important than the intense training schedules they keep. For more than 80 percent of those who responded to the survey, getting enough protein and other nutrients is a key factor to their diets while training.

This is one reason why milk remains on the table for elite athletes, and why U.S. Olympic Training Centers serve tens of thousands of gallons of milk every year. Milk is a nutrient powerhouse that athletes trust — with 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of natural protein in every 8-ounce serving. Milk contains a package of nutrients that’s hard to find in any other single food or beverage. It’s simple, wholesome, affordable and naturally nutrient-rich.

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KRC Research conducted an online survey among retired, current, and hopeful U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes on behalf of MilkPEP via the U.S. Olympic Committee between February 23 and March 7, 2016. The U.S. Olympic Committee and its National Governing Bodies distributed e-mail invitations with a link to the survey to its retired, current, and hopeful athletes inviting them to participate. In total, 1,113 completed the ten-minute survey (675 Olympians, 93 Paralympians, and 345 hopefuls in training).