By Marissa Stephenson, Shape.com
Tune in to the Winter Olympics and you'll see athletes performing triple salchows, doing backflips on the half-pipe, and charging down the mountain at mind-boggling speeds. Even if you have no plans to pull off such awe-inspiring feats yourself, these medal contenders still have a lot of helpful advice for achieving your personal best. Follow their strategies and you'll be golden.
For more on these athletes, including video, photos, and a full schedule of their events, go to nbcolympics.com.
Lindsey VonnThe "it" girl
LINDSEY VONN, 25, ALPINE SKI RACER
Last season Lindsey nabbed her second consecutive overall World Cup championship and became the winningest female American skier in history. The gold-medal favorite in four Alpine events, she credits her best friends with keeping her motivated; "They wear 'Vonntourage' sweatshirts at my races and work out with me to make training fun."
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