Before the London Olympics hit our screens, we, the spectators, have to get past Euro 2012, the Tour de France and Wimbledon first. The athletes hoping to win a medal at the Games have been working towards hitting their peak physical and mental condition for months even years. To make sure they hit this peak they don’t just train and discuss tactics, they also make sure that the energy going into their bodies is the right kind of energy. This is a little peek into the diets of some Turkish Olympians.

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish Taekwondo fighter and Olympic hopeful Bahri Tanrikulu, 32, poses in front of his daily meal intake in Ankara May 24, 2012. Tanrikulu is a three-time world champion and an Olympic silver medallist. Tanrikulu has his heart set on a gold medal at the London Olympics. He supplements his daily diet of 3000 kcal with ergogenic aids and multivitamins. Picture taken May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

The daily meal intake of Turkish Taekwondo fighter and Olympic hopeful Bahri Tanrikulu, 32, is pictured in Ankara May 24, 2012. Tanrikulu is a three-time world champion and an Olympic silver medallist. Tanrikulu has his heart set on a gold medal at the London Olympics. He supplements his daily diet of 3000 kcal with ergogenic aids and multivitamins. Picture taken May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish Taekwondo fighter and Olympic hopeful Bahri Tanrikulu, 32, poses for a picture in Ankara May 24, 2012. Tanrikulu is a three-time world champion and an Olympic silver medallist. Tanrikulu has his heart set on a gold medal at the London Olympics. He supplements his daily diet of 3000 kcal with ergogenic aids and multivitamins. Picture taken May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish Taekwondo fighter and Olympic hopeful Bahri Tanrikulu, 32, poses for a picture in Ankara May 24, 2012. Tanrikulu is a three-time world champion and an Olympic silver medallist. Tanrikulu has his heart set on a gold medal at the London Olympics. He supplements his daily diet of 3000 kcal with ergogenic aids and multivitamins. Picture taken May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish wrestler and Olympic hopeful Elif Jale Yesilirmak, 26, poses in front of her daily meal intake in Ankara May 29, 2012. Yesilirmak sticks to a 3000 kcal-a-day diet. Instead of red meat I generally eat salmon. I believe fish is more healthy and nutritious. And also, lots of water. I drink a minimum of five litres of water every day, she says. Picture taken May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

The daily food intake of Turkish wrestler and Olympic hopeful Elif Jale Yesilirmak, 26, is pictured in Ankara May 29, 2012. Yesilirmak sticks to a 3000 kcal-a-day diet. Instead of red meat, I generally eat salmon. I believe fish is more healthy and nutritious. And also, lots of water. I drink a minimum of five litres of water every day, she says. Picture taken May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish wrestler and Olympic hopeful Elif Jale Yesilirmak, 26, poses for a picture in Ankara May 29, 2012. Yesilirmak sticks to a 3000 kcal-a-day diet. Instead of red meat I generally eat salmon. I believe fish is more healthy and nutritious. And also, lots of water. I drink a minimum of five litres of water every day, she says. Picture taken May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish wrestler and Olympic hopeful Elif Jale Yesilirmak, 26, poses for a picture in Ankara May 29, 2012. Yesilirmak sticks to a 3000 kcal-a-day diet. Instead of red meat I generally eat salmon. I believe fish is more healthy and nutritious. And also, lots of water. I drink a minimum of five litres of water every day, she says. Picture taken May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish javelin thrower and Olympic hopeful Fatih Avan, 23, poses in front of his daily meal intake in Ankara May 29, 2012. Avan made the world's second best throw of 2012 but the Olympic Games have a special place in his heart. I may have become an elite athlete with my good performances but I can only be a great athlete if I can win an Olympic medal, he says. Avan complements his rigorous training schedule with a nutritional programme which gives him a daily intake of 3500 kcal. His diet is mainly protein-based. A good diet is essential for power. A correct and consistent diet proves its value in my training, he says. Picture taken May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

The daily meal intake of Turkish javelin thrower and Olympic hopeful Fatih Avan, 23, is pictured in Ankara May 29, 2012. Avan made the world's second best throw of 2012 but the Olympic Games have a special place in his heart. I may have become an elite athlete with my good performances but I can only be a great athlete if I can win an Olympic medal, he says. Avan complements his rigorous training schedule with a nutritional programme which gives him a daily intake of 3500 kcal. His diet is mainly protein-based. A good diet is essential for power. A correct and consistent diet proves its value in my training, he says. Picture taken May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish javelin thrower and Olympic hopeful Fatih Avan, 23, poses for a picture in Ankara May 29, 2012. Avan made the world's second best throw of 2012 but the Olympic Games have a special place in his heart. I may have become an elite athlete with my good performances but I can only be a great athlete if I can win an Olympic medal, he says. Avan complements his rigorous training schedule with a nutritional programme which gives him a daily intake of 3500 kcal. His diet is mainly protein-based. A good diet is essential for power. A correct and consistent diet proves its value in my training, he says. Picture taken May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish javelin thrower and Olympic hopeful Fatih Avan, 23, poses for a picture in Ankara May 29, 2012. Avan made the world's second best throw of 2012 but the Olympic Games have a special place in his heart. I may have become an elite athlete with my good performances but I can only be a great athlete if I can win an Olympic medal, he says. Avan complements his rigorous training schedule with a nutritional programme which gives him a daily intake of 3500 kcal. His diet is mainly protein-based. A good diet is essential for power. A correct and consistent diet proves its value in my training, he says. Picture taken May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish 800-metre runner and Olympic hopeful Merve Aydin, 22, poses in front of her daily meal intake in Ankara May 23, 2012. Aydin will run at the Olympics for the first time this year. Her daily intake is 3000 kcal. Although she is rigorously training for the Games, she remains guarded on the outcome. It is more important for me to realise my true potential and limitations. And do the best I can. I work hard and keep a careful diet, she says. Picture taken May 23, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

The daily meal intake of Turkish 800-metre runner and Olympic hopeful Merve Aydin, 22, is pictured in Ankara May 23, 2012. Aydin will run at the Olympics for the first time this year. Her daily intake is 3000 kcal. Although she is rigorously training for the Games, she remains guarded on the outcome. It is more important for me to realise my true potential and limitations. And do the best I can. I work hard and keep a careful diet, she says. Picture taken May 23, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish 800-metre runner and Olympic hopeful Merve Aydin, 22, poses for a picture in Ankara May 23, 2012. Aydin will run at the Olympics for the first time this year. Her daily intake is 3000 kcal. Although she is rigorously training for the Games, she remains guarded on the outcome. It is more important for me to realise my true potential and limitations. And do the best I can. I work hard and keep a careful diet, she says. Picture taken May 23, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish 800-metre runner and Olympic hopeful Merve Aydin, 22, poses for a picture in Ankara May 23, 2012. Aydin will run at the Olympics for the first time this year. Her daily intake is 3000 kcal. Although she is rigorously training for the Games, she remains guarded on the outcome. It is more important for me to realise my true potential and limitations. And do the best I can. I work hard and keep a careful diet, she says. Picture taken May 23, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish weightlifter and Olympic hopeful Mete Binay, 27, poses in front of his daily meal intake in Ankara May 29, 2012. Binay is a world champion weightlifter and his daily diet is 3500 kcal. He drinks at last two glasses of milk every night. His diet is largely composed of red meat. He consumes plenty of sweet desserts everyday and takes care never to miss a full breakfast. Binay is also keen on organic food. Shortly before competitions he begins to supplement his diet with ergogenic aids and vitamin pills. Picture taken May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

The daily food intake of Turkish weightlifter and Olympic hopeful Mete Binay, 27, is pictured in Ankara May 29, 2012. Binay is a world champion weightlifter and his daily diet is 3500 kcal. He drinks at last two glasses of milk every night. His diet is largely composed of red meat. He consumes plenty of sweet desserts everyday and takes care never to miss a full breakfast. Binay is also keen on organic food. Shortly before competitions he begins to supplement his diet with ergogenic aids and vitamin pills. Picture taken May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish weightlifter and Olympic hopeful Mete Binay, 27, poses in Ankara May 29, 2012. Binay is a world champion weightlifter and his daily diet is 3500 kcal. He drinks at last two glasses of milk every night. His diet is largely composed of red meat. He consumes plenty of sweet desserts everyday and takes care never to miss a full breakfast. Binay is also keen on organic food. Shortly before competitions he begins to supplement his diet with ergogenic aids and vitamin pills. Picture taken May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish weightlifter and Olympic hopeful Mete Binay, 27, poses in Ankara May 29, 2012. Binay is a world champion weightlifter and his daily diet is 3500 kcal. He drinks at last two glasses of milk every night. His diet is largely composed of red meat. He consumes plenty of sweet desserts everyday and takes care never to miss a full breakfast. Binay is also keen on organic food. Shortly before competitions he begins to supplement his diet with ergogenic aids and vitamin pills. Picture taken May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish Taekwondo fighter and Olympic hopeful Nur Tatar, 20, poses in front of her daily food intake in Ankara May 24, 2012. Tatar is preparing to compete for Turkey in the London 2012 Olympic Games. This is her first time competing in the Olympics and she is on a strict diet to shed several pounds to reach the exact weight category in which she will fight. She has reduced her daily calorie intake to 1500 kcal. Picture taken May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

The daily food intake of Turkish Taekwondo fighter and Olympic hopeful Nur Tatar, 20, is pictured in Ankara May 24, 2012. Tatar is preparing to compete for Turkey in the London 2012 Olympic Games. This is her first time competing in the Olympics and she is on a strict diet to shed several pounds to reach the exact weight category in which she will fight. She has reduced her daily calorie intake to 1500 kcal. Picture taken May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish Taekwondo fighter and Olympic hopeful Nur Tatar, 20, poses in Ankara May 24, 2012. Tatar is preparing to compete for Turkey in the London 2012 Olympic Games. This is her first time competing in the Olympics and she is on a strict diet to shed several pounds to reach the exact weight category in which she will fight. She has reduced her daily calorie intake to 1500 kcal. Picture taken May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

London 2012: Olympian Diets

Turkish Taekwondo fighter and Olympic hopeful Nur Tatar, 20, poses in Ankara May 24, 2012. Tatar is preparing to compete for Turkey in the London 2012 Olympic Games. This is her first time competing in the Olympics and she is on a strict diet to shed several pounds to reach the exact weight category in which she will fight. She has reduced her daily calorie intake to 1500 kcal. Picture taken May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas