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This Figure Skater Runs Every Week As Part Of Her Olympic Training

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Figure pair skaters Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel. Photo by Skate Canada / Danielle Earl.

There’s more to figure skating than glamorous outfits and stunning performances.

Figure skaters challenge their inner core to deliver balance, coordination, jumps, twists, lifts and more while maintaining remarkable endurance strength. For Olympic medalist and Canadian pair skater Meagan Duhamel, who is heading to the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games next month, the sport requires an intense workout schedule–and a bit of running.

“I’m competing a long program that is four and one-half minutes long, nonstop,” Duhamel says of her planned Olympic program. “That might not seem like a lot, but in those four and one-half minutes, I have to do two jumping passes, two throws, a twist, three overhead lifts, two spins and various other difficult elements.”

Duhamel is a two-time World Champion figure skater, an Olympic silver medalist and a seven-time Canadian National Champion in pair skating. Between skating and training, she still finds time to enjoy activities she loves–including running her healthy living blog Lutz of Greens, on which she shares her favorite vegan recipes and event recaps.

To be successful on the ice, Duhamel must train her body off the ice. While her off-ice training varies day to day, she consistently trains for two to three hours on the ice every Monday through Friday. What follows is the off-ice workout schedule Duhamel juggles during her weekly skating routine–and it includes one designated running day.

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