Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer at LiveScience
Original Post: livescience.com
Regardless of whether they win gold, athletes at this year’s Winter Olympics will no doubt expend a significant number of calories as they try to ski, jump and skate their way past the competition.
According to the Compendium of Physical Activities, a standardized list of the calories burned during many different types of activities, the title goes to cross-country skiing. An elite racer who weighs 220 lbs. (100 kilograms) would burn about 260 calories during 10 minutes of cross-country skiing at a pace of at least 8 mph (13 km/h), according to the Compendium. [Infographic: Calories Burned by Winter Sports Activities]
Other winter sports near the top of the list include figure skating, which burns 245 calories in 10 minutes, and competitive speed skating, which burns about 230 calories in 10 minutes.
Lower down on the list are downhill skiing, which burns about 140 calories per 10 minutes, bobsledding/luge, which burns about 122 calories, and curling, which burns 70 calories.
In comparison, excited spectators will burn about 60 calories in 10 minutes just watching the action, according to the list.
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