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Q&A with nine times British Championship Ice Skater, Jenna McCorkell

Jenna is part of Team GB, we chat to her about her fitness regime, diet and training for the Olympics

What inspired you to go into skating?
When I was 7 years old, I saw a little girl in the newspaper in a pretty little dress with a big trophy and I asked my mum to take me skating so I could have the same!
How many hours of training do you do a week?
I am training 6 days a week, 3 hours on and the ice and 1-2hrs off the ice running, conditioning and strength training.
How do you train?
On ice I train a lot of technical elements and practice skating my competition programmes. Off the ice I run, mostly on the treadmill, weights, plyometrics and stretching.
Is there any aspect of the training you hate or find difficult to motivate yourself to do?
Sometimes when I have had a very long day of training and I still have to do a long run on the treadmill, that can be tough but I would never let myself miss it!
What is your diet like?
I am quite a fussy eater so I tend to stick to quite plain foods. I eat smaller meals more often to keep my energy levels up during the long training days.
Does your diet change at all in the lead up to a competition?
No, I stick to eating the same foods.
What three foods could you not live without?
Chicken, potatoes, sprouts.
What is your beauty regime like?
I drink a lot of water to keep my skin good, lots of fruit and vegetables and plenty sleep.
How do you relax after a competition?
I normally take a couple of days off to recover and prepare to get back into training. Lots of rest and chilling out.
What do you do in your down time?
I don’t tend to get a lot of down time but when I do I like to go shopping or go home to Northern Ireland to see my family.
What motto do you live by?
Winners don’t quit when they are tired, winners quit when they have won.

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