This is what it’s like to work out with an Olympic speedskater

Step out onto the ice with Eddy Alvarez, who will be competing in his first Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month.

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Published Jan 25, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 8:18 pm CDT

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.

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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.

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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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*First Published: Jan 25, 2014, 11:00 am CST