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.


July 10, 2012 4:00 PM

Victoria Pendleton, Track Cyclist (U.K.)

English beauty Pendleton, 31, is a nine-time world champion and was an Olympic gold medalist in individual sprint at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

TRAINING SCHEDULE: I train twice a day, five days a week, and once on the weekend. I have two-and-a-half-hour strength sessions at the gym three times a week, working with a range of weights, resistance, conditioning, and core stability. Twice a week, I train on the cycle ergometer [a high-tech stationary bike] for leg speed and strength. I'm on the velodrome track four times a week from 2 to 5 p.m. doing cycle training. And on the weekend, I'll do a two-hour road ride for recovery.

PILATES REHAB: I've been doing Pilates for more than a year, and for me, it's been a real breakthrough in managing back pain and building my postural muscles. I have lots of lumbar spine issues from spending my life hunched over a bike.

MORNING JUMP START: For breakfast, I'll usually have whole-grain toast with honey. I cut my fruit juice with equal parts water. (Too much acid in my diet affects my energy.)

SMART SNACKS: I carry packets of instant oatmeal that I can make with boiling water. It's nutritious and provides a slow energy release.

GUILTY PLEASURE: I cook from scratch at home, but my meal isn't complete without something sweet at the end—typically chocolate.

RECEIVING THE MEDAL: I always wear mascara—Max Factor Masterpiece with a coat of Clarins Double Fix (a waterproof seal) over it. I might also wear a bit of Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and Vaseline pink-tinted lip balm.

OFF-DUTY ESSENTIALS: I'm a big fan of Shu Uemura's false eyelashes. I have some pretty crazy ones that I haven't actually had the confidence to wear yet. I've also been experimenting with MAC Russian Red lipstick, which takes confidence, too.

SKIN SAVIORS: Everything from Elemis feels really light and natural, and they don't irritate my sensitive skin. I use the Tri-Enzyme face wash and serum and the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. My go-to sunscreen for my face is Elemis Liquid Layer SPF 30. For my body, I like to use a sunscreen from Soleil Organique.

HELMET-HAIR FIX: A bike helmet plays havoc with your hair, and my natural wave tends to get frizzy. Pantene 24 Hour Frizz Fighter Serum prevents it from looking like crazy-professor hair and keeps it smooth and shiny.

PERFUME PICK-ME-UP: I wear Elie Saab, which is a gorgeous, womanly fragrance. It's the first scent I've ever had that's not sporty!