My post-Olympics blow-out! How Team USA are trading strict training diets for milkshakes, burgers and (gluten-free) pizza
16:26 GMT, 10 August 2012
After all that relentless training and strict eating plans, U.S. athletes have revealed exactly how they will be breaking their diets now that the Olympics are almost over.
Long forbidden from indulging in their favourite foods, medal-winners including Fab Five gymnasts Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, as well as 110-metre hurdler Dawn Harper, admit they are planning on going all-out by way of reward for all their hard work.
Miss Harper, 28, who won a silver on Wednesday, told Today.com that anything unhealthy will do.
Post-Olympics blow-out: Hurdler Dawn Harper (left) wants an early Thanksgiving feast, while gymnast Aly Raisman (right) will be treating herself to pizza
Just rewards: Fab Five gymnast Gabby Douglas, 16, will be enjoying a Mongolian grill after winning her gold medals
She joked: 'I will find grease and dip my finger into it.'
It is a home-cooked meal she is really craving though, and even though it will be late September when she next goes home to East St Louis, Illinois, she wants an early Thanksgiving feast.
'This is really bad,' she said. 'I told my family I want a Thanksgiving meal prepared, with all the fixings.'
Some athletes are not prepared to wait until they get home though.
The perfect slice: Pizza is the order of the day for Aly Raisman and pole vault gold medalist Jenn Suhr. But Mrs Suhr will ensure hers is gluten-free
Swimmer Matt Grevers, 27, who won gold in the 100m backstroke and a silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay, headed straight for the nearest fast food joint.
'I went to McDonald’s and had a vanilla milkshake,’ he told the site. 'It was delicious.'
The same was true for gymnast John Orozco, who had been on a high-protein diet of lean meats and salad ahead of the Games – though he regretted his blow-out soon after.
'I had pizza, chicken nuggets from McDonald’s, and I had a big cookie,’ the 19-year-old admitted. 'That was it for me. After that my stomach was destroyed.'
Sweet treat: Swimmer Matt Grevers, who won gold in the 100m backstroke and a silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay, went for a vanilla milkshake
McDonalds craving: Several athletes could not resist the allure of the golden arches, and caved in to burgers, nuggets fries and milkshakes
And gold-winning shooter Jamie Gray treated himself to a rare steak immediately after collecting his medal.
to the USA House and had a nice rare steak,' he said. 'It was awesome. They didn’t
have it in the buffet so the chef made it and brought it out himself.'
Silver service: Medal-winning hurdler Michael Tinsley wants a burger from his favourite spot in Austin, Texas
Pizza is the order of the day for gymnast
Aly Raisman, 18, Today.com reveals, as well as pole vault gold
medalist Jenn Suhr. But the latter, 30, will not completely forgo her
usual diet rules.
'[I want] a giant slice of gluten-free pizza!' she said. 'I follow a gluten-free diet, but I can’t wait for some good pizza.'
Gabby Douglas's post-competition feast is rather more unusual – she admitted she cannot wait for a Mongolian grill.
Austin, Texas, residents Leo Manzano and Michael Tinsley, meanwhile, are craving home comforts.
Distance runner Mr Manzano, who won a silver in the 1,500m this week, says he cannot wait to eat his mother's flour tortillas, while silver medal-winning hurdler Mr Tinsley wants a burger from his favourite local spot.
'I really want to have a burger from Mighty Fine,' he revealed. 'They
have the best burgers in Austin. They’re big and juicy and neatly made!'