What Did the Olympics Athletes Eat When the 2012 London Games Finished?

August 13, 2012 5:28 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
The Summer 2012 London Olympics. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The Olympic torch was handed to the Mayor of Buenos Aires; the Spice Girls finished playing two of the songs that made them famous over seventy years ago; and just like that, the athletes competing in the 2012 London Olympics were released back into the wild, where they'll be allowed to live their lives free from the prying eyes of NBC and the rest of the world for another four years.

But not without one last, greasy hurrah.

In the name of being the absolute farthest in time you can be from another Olympic games, in the wee small hours of Monday morning, Greenwich Mean Time, McDonald's invited the athletes into their doors for as much free food as they could shove down their muscle-clad gullets.

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Naturally, the sportsmen arrived in swarms, eager to make good on the most saturated spoils of their fame.

"Post ceremony mob scene at McDonalds #finelytunedathleticmachines," posted Bobby Lea, a U.S. cyclist, to his twitter.

Cameron Nichol, a rower for Great Britain, also posted a picture of the hungry athletes to his twitter, writing: "Every athlete wants a massy d's..."

Nowhere to be seen in any of the pictures was Usain Bolt, who has recently confessed to fueling up on Chicken McNuggets before a race.

The fast food company, a sponsor of the Olympics since 1968, has recently come under fire for the dissonance between using physically fit athletes as a platform to get people all across the world to eat their high-fat, high-calorie foods.

It should be noted that it's not like the athletes were starved in the Olympic Village. Here's a quick, handy list we compiled of everything they ate and were expected to eat.

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