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
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)

(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.

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Antagonist
Nov 5, 2013 10:28 AM CST
How fast did the Crapnuggets take to Bolt through his system?
VeiledBodyOpenEyes
Nov 4, 2013 11:25 PM CST
Hmmm... Now wouldnt 1000 chicken nuggets have a good amount of "steroids"? They are made from steroid shot up chickens, arent they?
Terry Prieto
Nov 4, 2013 8:57 PM CST
If Bolt ate an average of 100 McNugget's per day, his sodium intake from that ingestion would be approximately 9,000 mg of sodium. Each McNugget contains about 90 mg of sodium. The U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance (USRDA) of sodium (for a healthy individual not suffering from any cardiovascular issues) is 2,200-2,500 mg per day. Your story (and John Ericson's in Medical Daily) states that 2,200 mg is five times the USRDA value of sodium. That's incorrect. It's Bolt's ingested amount of 9,000 mg that's five times the USRDA.