You know those people who jump really high in the air on skis and do lots of twists and flips? Ashely Caldwell is one of those humans. She's a two-time Olympian and reigning world champion Aerials specialist. In 2014, she became the first American woman to perform a full, full, full, when she was en route to Sochi. In 2017 she made history again by being the first American woman to land a full, double full, full, which won her gold at the FIS Freestyle World Championships. Although she hoped to earn her first Olympic medal this year in PyeongChang, she unfortunately did not.
We recently had the opportunity to talk to Caldwell about what she eats when she's training, including her go-to pantry items (like Triscuts!) and her favorite tool in her kitchen.
1. What are the staples you always have in your pantry?
I always have Triscuits, popcorn, chips and salsa, and fixings for Asian cuisine (Indian, Thai, Chinese)!
2.What are the pantry staples people who do freestyle skiing should have in their pantry?
Grab-and go-foods! It's important to have nutritious snacks that make you feel good, and will also fuel you through training. I have a tendency to be tired when I get home from training and just grab the first easy thing I see to eat, so I try and make sure it isn't a "bad" thing every time. I keep a lot of healthier snack foods and Rockin' Refuel for quick protein and carbs to recover fast.
3. Are there things you avoid eating before you compete?
I like to eat pretty basic foods before competing, I call it the "white food diet," usually pretty bland eggs, bread, cheese, maybe some fruit, and granola bars.
4. What's your favorite "cheat day" food?
ICE CREAM! Unless it's super cold — then cookies!
5. What's your favorite tool in your kitchen?
My favorite tool in my kitchen is my Analon cooking pans, and my ice cream maker!
Winter Olympics 2018
This year the winter Olympics are being held in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. The opening ceremony is Friday, February 9 and the games end on February 25. You can find the competition schedule here.
Thanks so much for talking with us, Ashley!