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Power behind the javelin

Press Release   •   Sep 15, 2008 16:21 GMT

A protein drink immediately after training is all part of the daily diet for Christina Scherwin holder of the Danish javelin throw record and one of Denmark’s medal hopes at this year’s Olympic Games in Beijing.

A protein drink immediately after training is all part of the daily diet for Christina Scherwin holder of the Danish javelin throw record and one of Denmark’s medal hopes at this year’s Olympic Games in Beijing.

Christina depends on a high quality protein to restore her muscles after a punishing training session. Just as important to her is that the protein supplement she uses has a good taste.

I am one of those people who hates the taste of protein supplements. There is only one protein drink I use, and that it is because it has the right content and the right taste,she says.

To begin with, I needed a lot of protein to increase my weight. Now it helps me with weight training. Without protein afterwards, training does not have the same effect.

Refreshingly clear
Containing whey protein isolate, the protein drink Christina chooses has the clear, refreshing quality of juice another key preference for the 31-year-old top athlete.
It is important to me that it does not turn lumpy or sticky like many of the protein drinks on the market, she adds. I’m happy to pay more for a higher quality product. For Christina, 2008 will mark the second time she has represented Denmark in the Olympics. Four years ago she participated in the games held in Athens - gaining experience that she now draws on as she prepares for this summer’s big event.
You have to throw the standard 59.5 metres to come to the Olympics that means being among the top 30 javelin throwers in the world. When you stand there, you are realising a dream you have had all your life. I am very happy to have another chance to take part.
    
Careful diet
As the Olympics approach, Christina trains five hours a day. A careful diet is essential, both to give her body the nutrition it needs and to ensure she does not inadvertently eat a forbidden substance.

I have to take care of what I eat because of doping, explains Christina, who today lives with her husband in the USA. The health food market is much more liberal over here, so health food may contain ingredients illegal for sports folk.
Of course, Christina has also checked out her favourite protein drink. There is no room for any unpleasant surprises before entering the Olympic stadium in Beijing.

About Christina Scherwin

  • Current holder of the Danish javelin record 64.83 metres
  • 2005 World Championships in Helsinki placed 4th
  • 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg placed 5th
  • World ranking 5th