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Oh, McDonald’s. Glorious, glorious McDonald’s. It might be hella bad for us, but put one of their delectable French fries in front of us and we eat the entire large sleeve of them. That’s right, large. But you know when McDonald’s tastes the yummiest? After you’ve worked your butt off. Sure, it might be cancelling out the calories you just burned, but there’s nothing more satisfying than coming out of a gym and inhaling a Big Mac Extra Value Meal.

Now times that satisfaction by a trillion. Because imagine how good it feels for athletes, specifically elite athletes competing in the Rio Olympic Games, to wolf down a combo. Or four. That’s right, the popular chain in the Olympic Village has been boasting some major lineups, so McDonald’s had to do something about it. They had to put a limit on how many items a person can order.

That limit? 20. We’ll give you a second to digest that.

Uh-huh, 20!! Which implies people have been ordering MORE THAN THAT at one time.

McDonald’s made the tough call in an effort to lighten the lengthy lineups, long wait times and disappointment of food running out.

Because what happens when all you want is a cone and Australian badminton player Sawan Serasignhe is in front of you?

Wow what a week it has been in Rio! Have to say I am disappointed about the match today. We definitely had a good chance to stretch the match to three sets toward the end of the second set but couldn’t close it out. We would have loved to end our first Olympic campaign with a win against a much higher ranked pair. Although having said that, there are lots of good things to learn from the matches in the last three days playing against more experienced pairs. Can’t wait to go back home to start training and keep on improving! Just want to say thanks again to everyone back home for the on going support. Definitely motivated me to fight hard on court everyday! ❤️ Now it’s time to eat some junk food after months of eating clean! 😀

A photo posted by Sawan Serasinghe (@sawansera) on

In case your eyes fell out of your head at the sight of the spread in front of Serasignhe, the athlete rewarded himself for his time in Rio and months of eating clean with two McChickens, a Big Mac, two hamburgers, a Quarter Pounder (a.k.a. Quarterão com Queijo in Brazil), six orders of medium-size fries, 40 McNuggets and what appears to be six brownies.

If we had known that we could’ve rewarded ourselves with that after an Olympic run, we’d have started training long ago.

But Serasignhe’s not alone. Despite the choices they have, McDonald’s is familiar and safe and so, so bad, it’s good. Which is why the lineups are constant.

Japanese volleyball players inhale burgers and fries, and Samoan swimmers line up in the rain, reports The Telegraph. The Chinese basketball team has Big Macs for breakfast while Usain Bolt‘s discovery of McNuggets didn’t slow him down.


Hmm, maybe Bolt was on to something. Perhaps every athlete should have McNuggets as part of their training diet before they compete on an international level.

Or perhaps this is a lesson for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo: add a second location in its Olympic Village. Because one clearly isn’t enough.