Kazakhstan thriving on thoroughbred diet
July, 30, 2012
By Steve Etheridge | Special to ESPN.com
Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty ImagesKazakh cyclist Alexandre Vinokourov shows off his gold medal after winning the men's road race.Olympic athletes burn dozens upon dozens -- maybe millions -- of calories per day, which means they must eat gargantuan portions to stay fueled. Many of these calories come from animal flesh, such as the skeletal muscle of cows or the genetically amplified breast tissue of fowls.
Different countries enjoy different meats. The Jamaicans like the hearty flavor of goat's head. The Greeks fancy a traditional dish called Greek yogurt, which is pretty much Gogurt with little chunks of lamb in it.
But is there such thing as a "meat of champions," a type of flesh so rich in nutritional value that it's guaranteed to bring Olympic glory? Hard to say, but the team from Kazakhstan is making a compelling case for horse meat.
Despite the fact that horses are considered near equals to men in their culture, the Kazakh Olympians have been eschewing the cafeteria's menu options for heaping servings of kazy, a sausage dish made from dried horse meat.
Though kazy is the traditional term, it is also known by a handful of other names, such as Rafalcafurters, Coltwurst, Barbaro Bangers, My Little Succulent Pony and Filly Franks.
The Kazakhs have already notched two gold medals, putting them ahead of Great Britain, Japan and Australia in regard to the most coveted podium spot. Alexandre Vinokourov took the top prize in road cycling, and teenager Zulfiya Chinshanlo did the same for women’s weightlifting, breaking the world record in the clean and jerk.
Michael Phelps, on the other hand, has zero gold medals at this Olympics. He also hasn't eaten any horse meat. Coincidence?