9 moves from the stars of Sochi

Team USA’s top competitors share their workout secrets.

Visions of becoming a world class athlete may involve gold medals, cheering crowds, and unimaginable feats of fitness. Maybe even a Wheaties box.

But the path to stardom—and gold—is long and hard. The day-in and day-out training is beyond what most of us can imagine. After all, building a body that’s quite literally perfect for acing jumps in figure skating, executing tricks on the halfpipe, or directing a team of men down a sheet of ice takes more than a jog on the treadmill or a circuit of weights.

So we asked the biggest names on Team USA to share how they built bodies perfect for their sports. Interestingly enough, squat variations are the favorite move of nearly all. Click through the slideshow below for the ultimate insider tips.