Olympic Gold Medalist Kelly Clark

When you have an olympic bronze and gold medalist on your website, it sort of puts everything into perspective for a day. Professional snowboarder Kelly Clark has not only scored three medals in four Olympics (she recently won the bronze medal in Sochi), but she’s also the winningest male or female snowboarder of all time. We think that’s kind of badass…

We met up with Clark in Washington Square Park to speak on winter workouts, best and worst foods for training, words to ride by and of course, to touch an olympic bronze medal for the first time ever. Clark brings bling to a whole different level…

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From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

I juice every morning (a juice with carrot, apple and ginger) and I have coffee and a banana with almond butter on toast. Then mid-morning, I have a smoothie: a berry mix with yogurt, peanut butter or granola. Then I have tacos or a sandwich for lunch, and I fit in another smoothie in the afternoon with milk and bananas, and maybe some chocolate protein powder. After I work out, I usually have a chocolate milk while I make dinner. My dinner usually has some vegetables, a salad, some type of meat, and sweet potato fries.

Typical pre and post training meals/snacks…

I usually like a smoothie with banana, berries, juice and peanut butter. Sometimes I’ll add a vegan rice protein.

Best foods for before training and after training…

I love chocolate milk. It is a good mix of protein, carbs and fat to help me recover. It helps my body get to my next meal after a good workout.

Worst foods for before training…

Anything fried is going to be a gut bomb…and eating until you’re overly full will slow you down too!

What foods give you the most energy?

I do well with protein; chicken and beef are some of my staples. Another snack that gives me lasting energy is peanut butter on toast with bananas on top. It’s a great snack. If you want to sweeten it up, throw a little Nutella on top of the peanut butter and you’ll have a treat that is kind of healthy and will give you some energy.

Most memorable meal at SOCHI…

We had it pretty good. The USOC had some chefs on hand at our hotel. Allen [Tran] and Flower [Nowicki] chef-ed it up for us for a few weeks, so we were spoiled. I think I liked Flower’s Pad Thai with Chicken the best. It is so nice to have a high standard of food when you are preparing to perform your best.

Go-to recipes when eating in…

I love tacos. Any kind of meat works for me, but ground sirloin or skirt steak are my favorites. The best tip for tacos is to get both hard and soft shells and layer them with guacamole and then add the fixings to the brim!

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Words to yourself upon waking up in the morning…

I love mornings. I usually write down what I have to do that day then start my breakfast routine and read while I have coffee.

Words to ride by

Nothing is impossible. Things are only labeled that because they have not yet been done.

What’s always with you when you snowboard?

I like to listen to music when I ride. There are so many things that fight for our attention when we are out there competing. It is nice to have music to create your own environment.

Most inspiring advice you’ve ever received…

My Dad always told me that “I could be or do anything I wanted.” I believed him and have held him to those words. It is the best thing that ever happened to me.

Who would you want to compete against that you never have before? Why?

I try to be internally motivated and I don’t look to my competitors to shape my approach. So, I am more interested in learning new things and new tricks than competing against people. I have found it to be a more enjoyable approach. This summer I am going to keep working on my Cab 1080…that is the next big goal for me. I like to focus on the process; it will eventually lead to the the end result.

One thing none of us know about the Olympics…

Pin trading is huge. At opening ceremonies and in the village, we spend most of the time seeking out countries to trade pins with to get a better collection than your friends. I have a pretty epic collection after the last four Olympics that I have been to. It is also cool to trade out gear with different countries at closing ceremonies. I have some Great Britain gear from 2010 and my friends also have some Russian gear.

Do you remember your celebratory meal after winning gold in 2002? What was it?

To be honest…it gets a little hectic when you medal at the Olympics. I don’t think I even ate or slept that night. The only thing that I remember is coffee…lots and lots of coffee for those next few weeks. I don’t think it is a meal of champions, but it got me through.

Do you surf the web? What’s always on your homepage?

I prefer actual surfing, but when I am online I usually have Pandora going, and some sort of travel site open for planning my crazy schedule. I also am on twitter a lot. I like it for news and content.

What are your favorite cities for food? Where do you go to in each?

I love New York for food. Tokyo is also a favorite for good food. I always try to get food that I can’t get in other places. Good Italian food in NYC is a must. I like Gemma, the restaurant at the Bowery Hotel.

In the same vein as ‘what is the new black,’ in fashion, what is the ‘new potato’ in snowboarding?

Snowboarding can have some pretty wild trends. I would say that snowboarding’s new potato is the new hoods that people are running. It’s a freestanding hood that you can wear over your hat and goggles to add some flair to your kit. Very trendy and cozy…

*Kelly Clark, photographed in Washington Square Park in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.