Day in the Life:
Katie Tsuyuki made her Olympic debut at Sochi 2014, where she missed a spot in the final by one place, finishing as top Canadian female half-piper in 13th place overall, best Canadian out of both sexes.
Tsuyuki had made her World Cup debut in December 2005 in Whistler. She would record her best World Cup result in January 2010, finishing ninth in Stoneham, Quebec. Just a couple of weeks later, she was at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, not as a competitor, but as a forerunner for the halfpipe competition.
Katie is a four-time medalist at the Canadian championships, including her gold medal run in 2006. Tsuyuki made her debut at the 2013 FIS World Championships in 2013 where she finished 15th.
Currently, Katie is training for the 2016-2017 winter season and also holding speaking engagements with schools and groups. Katie speaks about passion, its importance, and her experience as an Olympian.
Location: Toronto, Canada
Favorite Exercise: Squats
Favorite Vegetable: Daikon
Favorite Way to Center: Sleep
Favorite Book: The Little Prince
Favorite YouTube Video: Cats and brain freeze
Personal Motto: Habits create motivation.
- 8AM – Breakfast
- 9AM – Gym
- 1030AM – Stretch
- 11AM – Lunch
- 12-4PM – Work
- 5PM – Snack
- 6PM – Bike
- 8PM – Cuddles with Hubbie
- 10PM – SLEEP!
What gets you out of bed every morning?
Waking up knowing I am alive to do anything.
What is the most important part of your daily routine?
What is your #1 wellness habit?
Sleeping, I got that down.
Whose “O” would you most love to see?
I would love to see Mike Michaelchuck’s O. He’s a snowboarding Olympian and overall crazy guy.
What is the best piece of health advice you’ve ever received?
Being healthy is like money – you make more of it to take out debts, so go hard.
Describe your sleep ritual. Do you do anything special to prepare?
The time I go to sleep is within the context of my life, so it varies. I concentrate more on getting the proper hours. I sleep naked, not sure if that’s preparing, but it’s how I roll. I am sensitive to light and noise so I sometimes wear ear plugs and a sleeping mask… I guess that’s clothes, right?
Tell us about a time you were stuck in an unhealthy cycle and how you got out of it. What was the main inspiration for positive change?
After the 2014 Games I was on the same eating plan but not the same workout plan. I gained some weight, it sucked. I used my motto “habit creates motivation” to help me get though the diet cut backs and more workouts.
What is your favorite part about living a healthy lifestyle?
Being ready for anything.
If you could give one piece of health advice to your future kids, what would it be?
Never sell yourself short, we all have what it takes in us, so don’t let little thoughts and people limit you.
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