Being a successful short-track speedskater is no easy feat. Members of the United States team follow a grueling schedule that involves up to eight hours of training, six days a week.

They lift weights, they run and they cycle. And they practice racing around a rink at 40 miles an hour on two razor-sharp blades.

We asked Eddy Alvarez, who will be competing in his first Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February, to take us through a speedskater’s workout. 

Read the full story in the New York Times.

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