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Train like an Olympian: Team Canada defenceman P.K. Subban

PK Subban #5 of Team Canada talks to team mates while waiting for faceoff during the game against Team Russia at the semifinals at the IIHF World Junior Championships at Scotiabank Place on January 03, 2009 in Ottawa.
PK Subban #5 of Team Canada talks to team mates while waiting for faceoff during the game against Team Russia at the semifinals at the IIHF World Junior Championships at Scotiabank Place on January 03, 2009 in Ottawa. Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

TORONTO – Montreal’s P.K. Subban earned a coveted spot alongside Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews on Canada’s Olympic roster.

While the fan-favourite, who hails from Toronto, has sat out most games as a healthy scratch, it doesn’t mean he’s taking a break.

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For the Winter Games, Global News asked a handful of Canadian athletes about their daily training regimen and their tips on healthy eating before the big event.

Here’s how Subban gets ready for competition.

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What does your training schedule look like? How many hours do you put in each day?

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On practice days, Subban trains for about two hours – one hour of ice time is mandatory but he also does one hour of off-ice exercising.

On game day, it’s all about light training and another 30 minutes on ice.

What does a typical day of meals look like?

Again, it depends on the day: on game days, Subban loads up on carbs for energy – he specifically names pastas, chicken and other light proteins, think of beans, lentils, turkey and white fish as examples.

On practice days, it’s more protein – and in the form of meat.

What are your training tips?

Subban says that anyone working out should “train to be powerful” and focus on being faster. He works on lots of skating while training.

What are you most excited about for the Olympics?

While he may be a prolific NHLer, Subban’s still stoked to be playing for Team Canada and against the world’s best. He’s most excited to “perform at the highest level and be proud of representing Canada.”

carmen.chai@globalnews.ca