Golden Arches > gold medals? Well, it’s close.
On Wednesday, one day after Simone Biles scooped the gold for floor exercise final and Aly Raisman earned the silver, the two U.S. gymnasts celebrated their strong finish to the Rio Games in the best possible way: by eating McDonald’s french fries and chocolate ice cream.
And celebratory junk food was very much in order. Tuesday’s gold was the fifth medal total for Biles, an Olympic rookie, who bested competitors in the individual all-around, vault final and, with her Final Five teammates, in the team all-around competition. The 19-year-old gymnast also won a bronze medal in the women’s beam final on Monday after a slight fall.
Biles posted a picture of herself, Raisman and Russian gymnasts Angelina Melnikova, Seda Tutkhalyan and Spiridonova Dasha outside of the Olympic Village McCafé with the caption: “Sometimes we all need some ice cream.” (Truer words have never been spoken.) Biles also added the hashtag #InternationalFriendships.
Biles and Raisman aren’t the only Olympians who are indulging in much deserved cheat days at fast food establishments. Sawan Serasinghe, an Australian badminton player, posted a photo of his post-competition McDonald’s feast, which included four packs of chicken nuggets, six large fries, four burgers, two chicken sandwiches, six brownies and a smoothie.
Serasinghe, Biles and Raisman count among many athletes swing by the McDonald’s in the Olympic village, where they can get everything for free. The Washington Post reported that the line stretches out the door.
“If you go at peak times, it’s maybe one of the craziest experiences I’ve ever had,” U.S. rugby player Jessica Javelet told the Post.