chapter  12
Nutrition for winter sports
ByNanna L. Meyer, Melinda M. Manore, & Christine Helle
Pages 10

Winter sports are pursuits played during the winter

season on snow or ice. The Olympic movement

included winter sports for the first time in Chamonix

in 1924, with 258 participants from 16 nations.

Today, winter sport Olympians are outnumbered by

about one to four by summer Olympians. Never-

theless, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics reported

the highest number of athletes and events at any one

Winter Olympiad. This paper will first discuss the

winter sport specific environment, altitude and cold,

followed by an applied section emphasizing the

specific nutrition issues faced by winter sport athletes.

Nutritional implications of altitude and cold