Eating McDonald’s can be both a guilty pleasure and a necessity for people around the world, even for Olympians in Rio de Janeiro.
The golden arches at the Olympic athlete village have become a popular destination among athletes competing in the 2016 games, according to Time.com’s Sean Gregory, who calls that particular McDonald’s the “hottest ticket in Rio.” That despite McDonald’s limited nutritional value.
USA gold-medal judo fighter Kayla Harrison noted the lines at Rio’s Olympic village McDonald’s often are long, perhaps because the food is free.
“Oh my God, it pisses me off,” said Harrison, who trains in Wakefield, Mass. “It’s insane. We went and stood in the line for 10 minutes, and we were like, ‘OK, we’re not doing this.’ People were walking by with three bags. They must be like, ‘I’ll have 24 cheeseburgers.’ ”
Some have chosen to eat the fast food to help wind down after they compete, while others have no qualms about downing fries, burgers, milkshakes and more before their events have started or finished.