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When McDonald’s announced that they were building a restaurant in the Athletes’ Village of Olympic Park, I wondered if they would get any business. Many athletes have strict diets: though they have to consume a lot of calories to support their training, they need a balanced diet with plenty of lean protein. That doesn’t really sound like most McDonald’s fare.
But it turns out the Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, gave Olympic Village McDonald’s restaurants business during the Games. In fact, he ate it right before his races. His public love of the Golden Arches has led to a possible deal with a fast food delivery service that could result in a lifetime supply of his beloved chicken nuggets.
Usain “Lightning” Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter who has broken world records and taken home six medals, all gold, in the last two Olympic Games. In the London Games, he set an Olympic Record in the men’s 100m final, and a world record with his team in the 4x100m relay. Being so fast, many people wonder what the secrets to his training and speed are. You might be surprised. Bolt says that before his race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he woke up just before noon and ate some Chicken McNuggets from McDonald’s, took a nap, then ate some more McNuggets. Heavy reports that Bolt ate so many nuggets in Beijing because he was afraid to eat anything else in China. The language barrier would make it difficult to know what you’re ordering, and McNuggets are McNuggets all over the world.
After eating McDonald’s before his very successful races in 2008, Bolt continued the tradition. Before breaking an Olympic record in the men’s 100m, Bolt ate a variety of food, including a wrap from the fast food giant. “It had vegetables in it, so don’t judge me!” Bolt said of the wrap. He also said that he “had a few nuggets” from McDonalds during his time in the Olympic Park. These diet revelations are probably the best free advertising McDonald’s could get. That’s why a fast food delivery service is hoping to capitalize on Bolt’s love of nuggets.
Shutl, a start-up food delivery service in Britain, is offering Bolt a one-percent stake in the new company as well as a lifetime supply of nuggets if he will help them break their own world record for the fastest e-commerce delivery. The record is currently “898 seconds from click to door,” but the world’s fastest man should be able to improve upon that. The exercise should only take an hour or two of Bolt’s time, and it would provide him with enough nuggets to win medals for the rest of his career. Wikipedia notes that Bolt is considered one of the most marketable athletes in the world, so Shutl would be lucky to have him.
If you’re about to start training, Chicken McNuggets probably aren’t the best food to fuel your efforts. For most of the world’s population, greasy fast food leaves a sluggish feeling. If you already have the natural talent of Usain Bolt, then you can eat anything before setting a world record.