Missouri's farmers and ranchers tuning into the 2014 Olympic Games will have an even greater reason to cheer. This year, there is a Missouri beef backer on the short track.
Hometown hopeful, Emily Scott, will be competing in the short track speed skating event starting Feb. 10 in the Sochi Olympic Games. She will be the state's first Olympic Beef Ambassador of Missouri sponsored by the Missouri Beef Industry Council.
According to MBIC news release, Scott was chosen to represent the state's beef industry because of "her strong advocacy as using beef as her main source of protein and the importance it plays in her everyday training regimen." Her training is up to 8 hours a day and 6 days a week in an intensive schedule of both on ice and off ice workouts.
"As an athlete," Scott explains, "iron is vital to my diet I eat beef because it is the best source of iron and protein." Iron boosts energy because it is needed to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen to your lungs and other areas. And Scott will need all the energy she can get to reach her dreams of standing on the podium at the 2014 games.
Promoting beef as a protein source for an Olympic athlete was a natural fit for Scott. She grew up in Springfield, Mo., and spent plenty of time on her father and grandfather's 80-acre farm in nearby Everton. The family raised Angus and Limousin cattle. She says all of the time spent feed cattle and riding on the tractor taught her the value of hard work. Scott carried that work ethic into her Olympic dreams.
Scott started skating at the age of three. Over the years, she managed to balance, school and skating practices to reach her goal of being on the Olympic speed skating team
The MBIC is honored to have Emily Scott as the 2014 Olympic Beef Ambassador of Missouri to which she can be the voice of beef and demonstrate that it is an essential protein for not only athletes, but for all consumers.
Join me, and the rest of the Missouri's farming community, in following Emily's progress during the Sochi Olympic Games on the Missouri Beef Industry Council's Facebook page and via Twitter (@BeefCouncil).
And feel free to leave a message for Emily below wishing her the best of luck at the 2014 Winter Games all the way from the Show-Me State.
Source: Missouri Beef Industry Council