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Wonder what the athletes are eating in Rio?

There’s one important thing Olympic athletes need in their quest for a gold medal: plenty of food to keep their body ready for competition. And the Olympic Village kitchen has got that covered. Dig in to these fun food facts from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

(if you can't see the graphic below very well, we've put all the fun facts at the bottom in a list as well :) )

Olympics menu infographic

 

  • The Olympic Village kitchen will prepare 60,000 meals every single day during the Olympic Games for athletes and their coaches.
  • There is a staff of 2,500 people working in the kitchen, including 20 chefs.
  • Fresh food is available to athletes 24 hours a day, every day of the week.
  • The kitchen will prepare 210,000 kg of food each day.
  • About 4 million biodegradable plates will be used during the Olympics.
  • The dining hall at the Athlete’s Village is about the size of two football fields. And the kitchen is the size of one field.
  • There are five different all-you-can-eat buffets for athletes to choose from, including: Brazilian, Asian, International, Pasta and Pizza, Halal (food prepared for Muslim athletes that observes religious laws) and Kosher (food prepared for Jewish athletes following religious laws).
  • An Italian chef will be running a special program during the Olympics that takes leftover food from the Olympic Village and turns it into meals for locals in need.