I Ate 1K McNuggets During 2008 Olympics: Usain Bolt

Reveals crazy diet in new book

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 4, 2013 2:17 PM CST

(Newser) – One benefit of being an Olympic athlete: You can eat tons of Chicken McNuggets and not feel guilty about it, since you need a lot of calories to fuel your intense training. Just how many McNuggets could you get away with? In Usain Bolt's case, as many as 100 per day. In his upcoming autobiography, Bolt estimates he gobbled down 1,000 McNuggets during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, during which he won three gold medals. He started eating them because he found Chinese food "odd." That means the then-22-year-old was eating around 5,000 calories of McNuggets per day, the Independent reports.

In case it somehow wasn't already obvious that you should not try this yourself, Medical Daily helpfully points out that, well, you shouldn't. (In addition to all those calories, Bolt also ingested 4,000 grams of fat over the 10 days he was in Beijing, and 2220mg of sodium per day—five times the recommended daily intake.) The New York Post has more revelations from Faster Than Lightning. One particularly interesting anecdote: After winning gold in the 4x100 relay during the 2012 London Olympics, Bolt wanted to keep the baton. The race official wouldn't let him, even though the Games were over, and after a "wild" argument, the official threatened to disqualify Bolt if he wouldn't give up the baton. Another official intervened, however, and let the runner keep the souvenir.

Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt poses for the media with a copy of his new autobiography called 'Faster than Lightning' at a department store in London, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.
Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt poses for the media with a copy of his new autobiography called 'Faster than Lightning' at a department store in London, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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