“Honestly, I ate nothing else in all my time out in China except chicken nuggets,”
“They were the only food I could properly trust which wouldn’t affect my stomach. On arriving at the [pre-Olympic] training camp I’d tried a local Chinese meal, which wasn’t like the ones we eat in the West, and my body didn’t react well. So, knowing I could rely on nuggets, I made up my mind that was all I would eat. And eat them I did, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, washed down with bottled water.”
That fueled the Jamaican to break world records in the 100m (9.69 seconds), 200m (19.30), and the 4x100m (37.10, later stripped for Nesta Carter‘s doping) at the 2008 Games. Those on-track exploits are featured in NBCSN’s Olympic Games Week on Tuesday.
Yes, it's true. Athletes should prefer a healthy diet, but most of the time quality of food matters the most. And, Beijing's food quality is always a part of the concern that made Usain trust McDonald more than them.