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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    Wu Minxia, Diver (China)

    Two-time Olympic gold medalist and six-time world champion, Minxia, 26, is focused on gold in London—and a rigorous, practically 24/7 training regimen.

    Training schedule: I train and dive eight to 10 hours a day, every day. My day starts with team exercises at 6 a.m., then weight training and posture practices, gymnastics, and trampoline (for better leaping and free-fall twisting) until noon. Then it's more practice at the diving gym at 2 p.m., followed by formal training in the water. At 10 p.m., we call it a day. All team members keep a training diary with them that summarizes the day's training.

    Daily massage: My muscles are tired after daily training and sometimes even chronic pain comes back, so daily massage relaxes my muscles and myself, which is necessary for my next training session.

    Smart snack: I love cut-up watermelon because it's so juicy and sweet.

    Game Day Essentials: I don't wear any makeup during competition, not even mascara, because it affects my performance (and the water ruins it).

    Skin Saviors: My skin gets dry because I'm in the water all the time, so I always moisturize my face and body. Drinking lots of water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables help hydrate you internally, too.

    Hair Rx: Spending extended time in the pool, plus the impact from diving into it, makes my hair dry and can cause split ends and sometimes even hair loss. After training, I always use Pantene Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner to replenish my hair and keep it strong.

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