Meet Team Milk: Team USA Athletes Fueled by Milk

Our growing roster of Team Milk athletes is ready for the world’s largest stage at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. These elite Team USA athletes— U.S. Olympians, Paralympians, hopefuls and legends – are fueled by milk, and know what it takes to become a champion.

Athletes who have joined Team Milk include champions who have reached the pinnacle of play in their respective sports and on the podium, including:

  • Kristi Yamaguchi: Skating since age six, the two-time World Champion and 1992 U.S. Champion also won a gold medal in figure skating at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville. She was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • Maddie Bowman: One of the most decorated female freeskiers in history started on the slopes when she was only two years old. Her impressive credentials include winning the first-ever Olympic Gold Medal in Women’s Halfpipe Skiing at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.
  • Rico Roman: The retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and Purple Heart recipient made his U.S. National Sled Hockey Team debut in 2011. He won a Gold medal for Team USA in Sled Hockey at the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and is a two-time World Champion sled hockey player.
  • Joss Christensen: He started skiing at age 3 and credits his parents for his love of the sport. One of the most distinguished male freeskiers in history, Joss won the first-ever Olympic Gold Medal in Men's Slopestyle Skiing at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and also is the Grand Prix champion three years in a row.
  • Jamie Anderson: The most decorated slopestyle snowboarder in X Games history also won the first-ever Olympic Gold Medal in Women’s Slopestyle Snowboarding at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.

How Athletes Fuel Their Path to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang

Did you know that the U.S. Olympic Training Centers serve tens of thousands of gallons of milk to Team USA athletes every year? Milk contains a package of nutrients that is hard to find in any other single food or beverage, a nutrient powerhouse that athletes trust — with 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of natural protein in every 8-ounce serving.

Team USA athletes have always trusted milk. In fact, nine out of 10 Team USA athletes said they drank milk while growing up,1 and many said their moms’ encouragement was the reason why milk was an important part of their diet.

This continues for the next generation of athletes as well. It’s a delicious choice that elite athletes, like Kristi Yamaguchi and Rico Roman, serve their own kids to ensure they have nutrients they need to be their best every day.

“Growing up as an athlete, my mom always had milk on the table because she knew the importance of nutrition as part of my training,” said U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi. “Now, being a mom of two young daughters – and athletes themselves – milk is an essential part of their meals, to help ensure they have nutrients they need to fuel them every day.”

What Is Important for an Athlete’s Diet?

Ninety percent of Team USA athlete respondents consider their diet more important than the intense training schedules they keep, and more than 80 percent consider getting enough protein and other nutrients a key factor in their diets while training.

Milk is a trusted way for Team USA athletes to fuel up before their training sessions. From serving an 8-ounce glass with their snacks or meals, or making smoothies and oatmeal with milk, adding natural high-quality protein and the other essential nutrients milk provides helps to create the healthy and balanced eating plans elite athletes need to perform at their best.

Follow Team Milk to the Olympic Winter Games

To learn more about milk's role at the training table on the road to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and to watch exclusive videos from our Team Milk athletes, visit Fueling Team USA.

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[1]KRC Research conducted an online survey among retired, current, and hopeful U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes on behalf of MilkPEP 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, across Olympic and Paralympic sports, 1,113 completed the ten-minute survey (675 Olympians, 93 Paralympians and 345 hopefuls in training).

*9 out of 10 finding based on 675 responses received from survey invitations sent to all U.S. Olympic athletes.