By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)
In case you didn’t know, Triumph Dining got a chance to interview gluten-free olympian, Amy Begley, about what it’s like to be a gluten-free athlete. If you missed part one of the interview, don’t worry! You can check it out here.
Here’s the conclusion of the interview!
I understand that you ran in the 2008 games in Beijing. How wonderful!
Did the Olympic village offer gluten free food?
They sort of did. I had the USA team chef ask the Olympic village kitchen about their gluten free options. They had gluten free food but it was not prepared the way that gluten free food needs to be when you’re celiac. They used the same utensils, water, etc to make all of the food.
I asked all of these questions before I left for Beijing so I knew the situation I was headed to. I packed as much as I could and then worked with the TEAM USA chef to eat safely at the TEAM USA dining hall, which was a 20 minute bus ride from the Olympic Village.
Did you get any chance to explore Beijing whilst you were there for the 2008 Olympics?
Traveling is one of my favorite things about racing. I did a lot of sight seeing after my race. I went to the Great Wall and then flew to Chengdu, China to visit the Panda Research Center. I was able to hold a baby panda. It was my gift to myself for making the team. It was an awesome experience.