Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, the brothers who won gold and bronze, respectively, in the London 2012 Olympics triathlon event, owe their success to a stodgy carbohydrate diet.
The brothers, from Yorkshire, England, admitted to Metro that their diets aren’t particularly healthy.
Alistair, 24, told the paper, “I’ll eat all sorts of stodgy food like pies, Yorkshire puddings, fish and chips – all of that.”
His younger brother, Jonathan, 22, concurred, “After a race, I usually have a bit of pizza.”
However, they added that as “we train around 35 hours a week, [we] always burn it all off”.
Earlier this week, Alistair won the gold medal in the triathlon, making him Britain’s first-ever Olympic triathlon winner. Spain’s Javier Gomez took silver, with Jonathan scooping bronze.
For three years prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Brownlee brothers lived together in their Yorkshire village, but have now decided to live apart. Not because they are sick of each other’s company but because they have too much athletic equipment. Jonathan told reporters that they now live just 500 metres apart.