Q&A | Katia Griffiths

For over 15 years Katia has been an elite level skier, she’s competed in the half pipe at both the World Cup and the 2014 Olympic Games. Aside from just being a pro athlete, Katia travels the world as a passionate surfer, horse rider, adventurer and model.

We got a few moments with Katia to find out how she fuels herself both as an athlete and model…

Ahead of a competition, let's say the night before, what sort of meals/foods are you having? “I like to eat a lot of carbs, mostly pasta, rice or potatoes with protein, chicken or fish and vegetables. I know a lot of people don't believe in loading up on carbs, but I've tried to go without them and it hasn't worked well for me”.

Do you eat much in the morning of a competition, like the Olympics? “Yes, I try to have a good breakfast everyday I'm training or competing, mostly eggs, ham, potatoes and a bit of fruit and nuts. I also try to have a big glass of water with some lemon to hydrate before breakfast”.

Are you eating much after a game or competition? Can you eat pretty much anything you like? “I never restrict myself food, I'll generally eat whatever I feel my body needs to refuel”

Has your diet changed or developed much over your career? “As I got older and went through more injuries, I started to realise the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, I have always tried to eat quite healthy but I've definitely become more aware of what I'm putting into my body in recent years. I have quiet a sweet tooth so I try to make an effort to stay away from processed sugars, I've also gotten a lot better at listening to my body and what it needs, I don't believe in strict diets but eating a reasonable amount of everything and having the occasional treat works well for me”.

Do you eat much when you are training; do you have a protein bar or shake within easy reach? “Yes, I normally have a stash of protein bars to keep me going through training”.

How important is hydration to an athlete at your level/to your active and outdoorsy lifestyle? “Hydration is key to optimum performance, recovery, and flexibility, but its also important for everyone to hydrate well, coconut water is my favourite”.

Max Lahiff (rugby player over here in the UK) came down to our studio and said sleep and nutrition are king for recovery, do you find the same? “Absolutely, for me sleep is key, I normally take a short nap every day after training, it really helps me recover. Sometimes its not easy to get good rest while traveling but if I'm sleeping 8h and eating well I definitely feel rested, more relaxed and in a better mental and physical place to train”.

What are the most common meals in your house? “I love fish, so I will generally cook fish or chicken and veggies fairly often”.

What is your 'cheat' recipe? “Probably pizza and ice cream”

Is there anything you actively avoid? “I mostly try to avoid alcohol, soda and sugar”

So finally a few questions away from nutrition: do you have a favourite place to compete? “Canada was probably one of my favourite places to compete, I also really enjoyed Japan”.

Is there a particular competition that stands out in your career so far? “The Olympics was by far the most memorable and amazing experience”.

Do you have any pre-comp rituals i.e. putting your left sock on first, or always wearing the same underwear? “I've always paused to wrap my poles around my wrist a certain way before dropping into the halfpipe, I don't really know why that moment became a thing for me”.

What piece of equipment is in your bag, that people might be surprised about (for example, a tennis ball for stretching, or a particular toiletry, or piece of clothing)? “I always carry a water bottle to refill and an eye mask for sleeping, very dorky but sleep is so important for me and it helps me rest much better when traveling, I take one always in my bag so I can nap anytime!!”

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Find Katia on Instagram and Twitter to follow her travels around the world…