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Breakfast of champions

Posted at 12:00 July 31, 2012 in City

Here at Time Out Istanbul in English, we just dedicated our August issue to profiling the best breakfast and brunch spots around Istanbul. And then it got us thinking. Amid all the Olympic hoopla happening these days, we began to wonder: What are the champions of this year’s Games eating for their most important meal of the day? It took some serious digging, but here’s what we came up with. Michelle Gross

  • Bryan Clay Bryan Clay Bryan likes his breakfast with a couple slices of bacon (extra crispy), maybe one egg over hard, maybe one egg over hard and a small bowl of oatmeal with a little bit of brown sugar and a small cup of orange juice followed by a bunch of coffee. Oh, Bryan Clay. You and your hard abs, ahem, I mean eggs.
  • Usain Bolt Usain Bolt After baby Bolt broke the 100-meter record in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, papa Bolt revealed the secret for his son’s superhuman speed as yams, forever dubbing Usain “Lightening” Bolt as none other than "The Yam Man."
  • Victoria Pendleton Victoria Pendleton It’s no surprise that cycling’s golden girl likes her wholemeal toast topped with a bit of peanut butter and sliced banana. Have you seen that caboose? Enough said.
  • Scott Jurek Scott Jurek Boulder-based ultramarathoner gets his breakfast kicks from Clif Gel Packs. Side Note: Scott Jurek endorses Clif Gel Packs.
  • Sarah Storey Sarah Storey Jam sandwiches. Boring.
  • Ryan Lochte Ryan Lochte When he’s not eating McDonalds, this sexy piece dines on scrambled eggs, fruit and oatmeal. Be careful Lochte, nothing says bronze like scramby egg stuck up in those grillz.
  • Peter Vanderkaay Peter Vanderkaay 5-egg omelet with 2 ounces salsa; 2 cups yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries and 1/2 cup granola; 16 ounces water. Nothin’ freestyle at the Vanderkaay breakfast buffet.
  • Nicole Barnhart Nicole Barnhart U.S.S Barnhart is all about the homemade smoothies. "I'll make a smoothie with pomegranate juice, coconut milk, frozen berries, bananas, peanut butter, flax seed and sometimes spinach,” Barnhart told epicurious.com.
  • Natalie Coughlin Natalie Coughlin 11-time Olympic medalist/urban farmer/food lover/amateur photographer Natalie “Greenthumb” Coughlin likes to keep things fresh. Fresh kale, fresh spinach, fresh herbs (probably from her fresh garden) did we mention she likes things that are fresh? Hey, with a rockin’ bod like that, who can blame her?
  • Michael Phelps Michael Phelps We know, we know. But we’d be remissed not to include Phelps' infamous nine-zillion calorie fat fest including three fried egg sandwiches, cheese, lettuce, tomato, fried onions and mayonnaise; one omelet, a bowl of grits, and three slices of French toast with powdered sugar; and finally, three chocolate-chip pancakes for breakfast. Really MP, maybe you should consult fellow teammate Ryan Lochte next time you think about shoveling that bowl of grits into your mouth. He might have some pointers for you. Zing!
  • Misty May-Treanor Misty May-Treanor You would think that Misty May noshes on small children while acapella-ing to Queen’s "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" on repeat for breakfast. Who would’ve guessed that this buxom-beast actually likes Greek yogurt and a dollop of honey? Not us.
  • Marlon Devonish Marlon Devonish “I usually have breakfast at 8am. I start with a four-egg omelette with ham, cheese and spinach. My girlfriend sometimes makes it for me, but I can make a mean omelette. After my omelette I have a bowl of cereal – oat granola is my favourite and I have that hot.” Don’t mess with the Nish.
  • Markus Rogan Markus Rogan By now, word around Olympic town is that of Austrian grandstander Markus Rogan’s blood guzzling pre-competing antics. Obviously this guy's been watching way too much of the "Twilight" saga. Hey, maybe he should give that vamp tramp Kristin Stewart a call. We hear she’s easy.
  • Kerri Walsh Jennings Kerri Walsh Jennings When Kerri Walsh isn’t getting pieces of beach kicked in her face by fellow sand camel Misty May, she spends her time enjoying a healthy breakfast. “I've been eating multigrain Eggos with almond butter, agave [a natural sweetener] and honey,” Walsh told Stack.com.
  • Tom Daley Tom Daley Beans on toast are what keeps this flying merman afloat.
  • Lauren Jackson Lauren Jackson Lauren likes her Weet-Bix with light milk warmed in the microwave for two minutes. And instant coffee with light milk. Plus, lots of water. Instant coffee? Really? After three silver medals all we can say is: Go for the gold Lauren Jackson, GO. FOR. THE. GOLD!
  • Team Kazakhstan, particularly weightlifters and wrestlers Team Kazakhstan, particularly weightlifters and wrestlers Nothing like some fresh caviar & horsemeat sausages to get the blood pumping. At least that’s how team Kazakh does things when they compete. Guess they didn’t get England’s memo about the fresh blood sausage and bangers 'n' mash that are sure to be in supply at this year’s Games. I can hear Borat now: Wawaweewa!
  • Gabrielle 'Gabby' Douglas a.k.a 'Flying Squirrel' Gabrielle 'Gabby' Douglas a.k.a 'Flying Squirrel' Forget Redbull. Ever wonder how a flying squirrel gets its wings? YoCrunch Yogurt for breakfast, of course.
  • Bobby White Bobby White Forget the spam. Two scrambled egg whites with fruit juice for breakfast are more of this handy-man’s jam.
  • Janet Evans Janet Evans You can’t mess with the Janet Evans breakfast. Clearly the banana, egg whites and Metamucil diet have served her well over the past half a century as a competitive athlete.

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