Olympian Christine Nesbitt opens up about celiac disease diagnosis and how the gluten-free diet is changing her game.
At the age of 28, Christine Nesbitt has already left her mark on the world of speed skating. She earned the gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and holds a world record in the 1000-meter race. However, her preparation for the Sochi Winter Olympics took a surprising turn in May 2013 when she was diagnosed with celiac disease. Nesbitt consistently complained of bloating and would “look ten pounds heavier at the end of every day.”
While her stomach has not completely healed following the switch to a gluten-free diet, Nesbitt has noticed that many of her symptoms have dissipated. She has also seen a difference in her body’s response to training. Her recovery time from intense training sessions has improved. Nesbitt hopes that her improved recovery rate will transfer to her races at Sochi. She will lead a Canadian team in four ISU Speed Skating World Cup events which will lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics in February 2014.
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