Gold Medal Glam

These international Olympians are famous for going all out. Here, they take a rare time-out to talk beauty obsessions, diet secrets, and intense workouts.


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    Evgeniya Kanaeva, Rhythmic Gymnast (Russia)

    A 2008 Olympic gold medalist, Kanaeva, 22, also placed first in every rhythmic gymnastics event at the 2008 European Championships.

    TRAINING SCHEDULE: I train six days a week, for four to eight hours a day. From 8:30 to 10 a.m., I work with a choreographer to learn new routines. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., I practice routines, then spend half an hour stretching and strength training, especially for my back and legs. After a two-hour lunch break, I return to the gym for a second training session with a one-hour stretching warm-up and two or three hours of practicing routines.

    SECOND CALLING: If I wasn't a gymnast, I'd take up dance professionally. I love to dance, and it's an essential part of training for all gymnasts. I love learning new dance moves for routines.

    DILIGENT DIET: Gymnasts have to look the part, and I weigh myself every morning. I limit what I eat, make sure to have a balanced diet, and don't have any baked goods or snacks. (They're too tempting!)

    GUILTY PLEASURES: I love sweets, and sometimes I let myself have some chocolate or ice cream, but then I try not to eat anything else that day that's high in calories. When I'm home, I love my grandmother's pot cheese pancakes and roasted cauliflower. Delicious!

    GAME DAY ROUTINE: Vivid makeup is an integral part of a gymnastics performance, and I like to use MAC Pro makeup in competition. It lasts beautifully right to the end of every routine! I wear foundation and blush, and I always try to choose shades of eyeshadow and lipstick that match my costume and create one harmonious look. I always wear my hair up in a bun or a ponytail so it doesn't get in my way.

    OFF-DUTY ESSENTIALS: Since I wear a lot of makeup during competitions, in my off time I prefer a fresh look. I use a tinted moisturizer, Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara to give my lashes volume, and a Clarins lip gloss in a light, natural shade.

    PERFUME PICK-ME-UP: I like floral perfumes with sweet, fresh notes. My favorite is Lanvin éclat d'Arpège.

    HAIR RX: Because I have to wear my hair tightly pulled back and up to train and compete, it takes a beating. I use both Pantene Split End Serum and Pantene Repair and Protect Intensive Treatment Mask to keep it in shape.

    SKIN SAVIORS: When I wake up, I rinse and cool my face with lemon-juice ice cubes. It helps my skin wake up and stay toned for the entire day. It instantly gets rid of bags under my eyes and gives my face a healthy glow. Aveda cleansing gel and moisturizer are perfect for my face. And for my body, I adore The Body Shop's chocolate- and vanilla-scented lotions.

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