Members of the U.S. ski and snowboard team are gearing up for the Sochi Winter Olympics next month. The stunts Olympians must pull off are impressive -- and how they manage to pull them off in below-freezing temperatures is arguably just as impressive. (Earlier this month, an entire snowboarding qualifier in Breckenridge, Colorado was eventually called off due to heavy snow and high winds.) But many times, the weather doesn't stop these sports. So how do these athletes crank the heat when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate? Here, nine tips that they discovered through intense training in frigid climates.

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Layer Up

"When we're training outside we wear tight speed suits -- there's not much insulation. I always wear two layers of long underwear and that helps. Layers are pretty much key. It doesn’t look like much can fit under there but we manage." -- Travis Ganong, Alpine Skiing Whether you're on the road or in the gym, stay cool when you Amp Up Your Athletic Style.


Tape Your Toes

"Throw a little duct tape over the bottom of the toe of your boot. It always keeps your boots a little dryer and keeps your feet warm. When your feet are warm, you have good days -- that’s what I've come to learn. When your feet are cold, it's a tough one out there.” -- Bobby Brown, Freeskiing Slopestyle A decent warmup will improve your range of motion in the joints that need to move. Find out how The Best Warmup Exercises can prime your muscles to play sports in just 10 minutes.


Mind The Neck

“The majority of your body heat is released through your neck, so make sure to have a good balaclava or a bandana." -- Nick Goepper, Freeskiing Slopestyle Be strong, energetic, and healthy like you were at 25!


Shrug Your Shoulders

"It brings blood flow to your fingers. It’s something that I do a lot.: -- Elena Hight, Snowboarding Halfpipe You can Bolster Your Shoulders, put your strength to the test -- and grow bigger -- with the ultimate overhead exercise.


Just Breathe

"I practice a lot of different breathing techniques like Kundalini breathing. My feet used to get so cold, and through the right breathing it’s gotten so much better." -- Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding Slopestyle Want the secret to moving faster without training harder? Find out how to focus your breathing and condition your respiratory muscles to be more efficient.


Get Silly

"Jump around and move your body in any weird fashion to get blood flowing. We go to a lot of areas that are very, very cold and I’ve seen a lot of different ways to stay warm. A lot of them look very awkward, but they work." -- John Teller, Freeskiing Ski Cross


Swing Your Limbs

"We do all kinds of arm and leg swings. It looks like you’re dancing on the snow, but it works pretty well." -- Andy Newell, Cross Country Skiing Read these winter sports injury prevention tips before picking up your next pair of skis.


Choose Comfortable Clothing

"It doesn't really matter what you're wearing, just as long as you’re comfortable. I always wear my North Face sweatshirts.” -- Kaitlyn Farrington, Snowboarding Halfpipe


Mimic A Windmill

"There’s this super quick tip that helps with cold fingers: Windmill them. It's really funny but if you windmill your arms, you rush all the blood to the tips of your fingers and your hands get instantly warm within 5 seconds. It's pretty cool." -- Scotty Lago, Snowboarding Halfpipe

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-- Reporting by Cassie Shortsleeve and Michael Easter.