How Olympian Meryl Davis Stays Fit

By Kristyn Burtt, Lifescript Entertainment Editor
Published February 23, 2016

Meryl Davis hasn’t slowed down since she won the 2014 Olympic gold medal in ice dancing with partner Charlie White. Find out how she makes her health a priority despite her busy schedule…Ice dancerMeryl Davis is still riding high from her 2014 Olympic win with partner Charlie White. She followed up her gold medal with a Mirror Ball Trophy on Season 18 of “Dancing With the Stars” with partner Maks Chmerkovskiy.

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She and White have maintained a high-profile career by performing on the pro skating circuit. They recently starred in the “Colgate Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular,” which featured other top athletes, from three-time world champion gymnast Simone Biles to 1992 Olympic gold medalist figure skaterKristi Yamaguchi.

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“It’s exciting to have two different sports combined. I think it really makes for a dynamic show,” Davis says. “Skating and gymnastics certainly have some similarities, but the discrepancies make for an exciting show from the audience’s perspective.”

In this exclusive interview with Lifescript, the 29-year-old Olympian gives us the scoop on how she stays fit on the road, the restaurant she indulges in and the life lessons that her sport taught her.

As an elite athlete, how do you eat healthfully when you are touring and traveling? 
We did a lot of Cheesecake Factory on my first skating tour. [She laughs.]

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You tend to gravitate towards the fast, easy food and that’s OK as long as you know how to balance it out. I think when you’re on tour with a good group of people, it’s easy to keep going in the right direction.

How do you stay in shape now that you aren’t competing? 
Running has been my go-to since we haven’t competed since the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

I did a lot of weight lifting in the gym prior to competition, but getting outside and getting active and having that experience for myself versus for skating has been really enjoyable – to just work out for the sake of working out.

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I love working out. I feel better about life and myself in general when I work out. When I don’t work out for a couple of days, I feel myself getting a little lazy. I don’t want to fall into that trap.

Who was your mentor growing up – in the skating world and outside of the skating world? 
My mom was always my mentor. She had the most amazing perspective and she was always there for me. She and my dad are the most supportive parents without being overbearing, which I’ve learned is an art. It’s hard to achieve that and I can’t thank my parents enough for being there for me – on and off the ice.

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In terms of a skater, I always looked up to Michelle Kwan. She’s not only an incredible athlete and an incredible performer, but also an amazing person. She’s such a kind soul.

What advice do you give to young athletes? 
As an Olympian, you really take on a certain responsibility as a role model – and you have to.

Charlie and I take that responsibility very seriously. Whether it’s respect for yourself, respect for your body … as an athlete you have to respect the competitors around you. Having learned those lessons in sport, I feel it’s important to communicate those lessons to people who are out of the sport as well.

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What has competing on such a high level taught you about real life? 
Charlie always puts this so well.

He says, “While you are competing against other people, the goal is to perform at your best. Regardless of whether you are getting along with your competitor, when you are on the ice, any sort of negative energy is only negatively affecting you.”

You are out there to be the best that you can be and I think that really lends itself towards friendly competition.

When you focus so much on other people, you are wasting time you could be investing in bettering yourself. I think that’s a great lesson that translates to real life.

The “Colgate Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular” will air again Saturday, March 5 on ABC.

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