The U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding Team, comprised of 14 different men's and women's national teams in Alpine, Cross Country, Disabled, Freestyle, Jumping/Nordic Combined, and Snowboarding categories, has been training and competing hard to reach its goal of winning the most medals of any nation in skiing and snowboarding at the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy.
Keeping these athletes healthy is challenging, as they push through tough training schedules, high-stress competitions, and grueling overseas travel throughout the year. "With Shaklee NutriFeron™ as part of their health regimen, our athletes stay healthy and have more of the training days needed to win competitions," says Susie Simmons, United States Ski Association (USSA) Sports Dietitian and Physiologist.
Because they need to train in the summer, and because many competitions are held in European countries, U.S. athletes generally travel for four to five months without a break during the competitive season and for two months in the summer for training in the Southern Hemisphere. Unlike their U.S. competitors, many European athletes have the luxury of returning home after a weekend competition and can lead a partially normal life, sleep in their own beds, and eat their own food during the week. American athletes spend their week traveling to the next event, often in a different country and can feel worn down as a result. In addition, U.S. Ski Team athletes live and train in winter conditions for most of the year.
To help its athletes stay well, the U.S. Ski Team nutrition team provides education about how to stay healthy on the road and during competition. In addition to food concerns, Ski Team nutritionists supply athletes with nutritional kits and recommend taking Shaklee NutriFeron™ to boost their immune systems. Over the past two years since including NutriFeron in the recommended regimen, many U.S. Ski Team athletes have noticed a significant improvement in their immune response. Many U.S. Ski Team athletes will take NutriFeron with them wherever in the world they are traveling to train and compete, including to the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy, as part of optimizing their health and enabling them to perform in top condition.