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Workout tips from Olympic soccer player Christine Sinclair

The Canadian soccer captain from Burnaby, B.C. shares award-winning advice and her top workout tip

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Age: 29
Sport: Soccer
Trains: 4 hours a day
Hometown: Burnaby, B.C.

Christine Sinclair fell in love with soccer as soon as she laced up her first pair of cleats at age four. Now she’s captain of the national team and the country’s all-time leading goal scorer. “I just want to make Canada proud this summer,” she says. And if she plays like she did in the World Cup last year — Christine broke her nose in the middle of the game, returned to the field against doctor’s orders, then scored a spectacular goal — we know she’ll win our hearts again.

Why this sport: “Soccer is a moving art piece. It’s magical what we can do when we perfectly orchestrate our movements.”

Top workout tip:
Exercise with friends. I feel stronger when I train with my team.”

Diet:
“Lots of carbs, proteins, vegetables and fruits. I stay away from high-fat foods.”

Fave post-exercise fuel: “Chocolate milk.”

She’s an early bird:
“I work out first thing in the morning, so it’s not hanging over my head all day.”

Team player: “I couldn’t do an individual sport; I’m too hard on myself. I love the support of my teammates.”

Pre-game ritual:”I always listen to Michael Jackson’s ‘Man in the Mirror’ and put my left shoe on first.”

Her award-winning advice:
“Pick your passion and attack it. Go after it with everything you’ve got — and make sure to always have fun.”

Christine is a spokesperson for Tide.

Get more Olympic workout tips here.