Olympic athletes eat at military-style FOB food court


For the athletes competing in the Olympic games who want to fuel themselves with popular American fast food, the games set up a food court that closely resembles those at the large U.S. military bases in Djibouti, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Soldiers and contractors wait on a Popeyes line after the grand opening of the South Park food court July 4, 2012 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The new food court includes Burger King, Popeyes, Pizza Hut, and a Village Cuisine, which offers more food options for soldiers. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams)
Soldiers and contractors wait on a Popeyes line after the grand opening of the South Park food court July 4, 2012 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The new food court includes Burger King, Popeyes, Pizza Hut, and a Village Cuisine, which offers more food options for soldiers. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams)

While the Rio Olympic food trailers/tents may be larger than the ones on military bases overseas, the outdoor dining tables appear to similarly put the athletes at more of a risk of tetanus than the Zika virus as they are constructed from old pallets.

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Olympic athletes wait in line for McDonalds and the 2016 Rio Olympic games.
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq: Spc. Brett Sanson, from San Clemente, Calif., and Staff Sgt. Warren Lim, from Anaheim, Calif., both of A Co., 1/184 Infantry Regiment, enjoy a brief picnic at the Burger King in the Camp Liberty PX area March 10.
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq: Spc. Brett Sanson, from San Clemente, Calif., and Staff Sgt. Warren Lim, from Anaheim, Calif., both of A Co., 1/184 Infantry Regiment, enjoy a brief picnic at the Burger King in the Camp Liberty PX area March 10, 2005.

Similar to servicemembers, athletes, who also represent their countries overseas, will wait in extremely long lines for unhealthy “fast” food.

Athletes were willing to in an extremly long line for McDonalds during lunch time at the 2016 Rio games.
Athletes were willing to in an extremely long line for McDonalds during lunch time at the 2016 Rio games.

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