US To Olympians – B.Y.O.

When a caterer working for the United States Olympic Committee went to a supermarket in China last year, he encountered a piece of chicken — half of a breast — that measured 14 inches. ”Enough to feed a family of eight,” said Frank Puleo, a caterer from Staten Island who has traveled to China to handle food-related issues.”We had it tested and it was so full of steroids that we never could have given it to athletes. They all would have tested positive.”

So begins an article is yesterday’s New York Times. While over 25,000 pounds of lean protein to feed some 600 athletes is being shipped from stateside, much of the food eaten will be sourced locally. Nowadays, the food must pass nutritional and other guidelines.

So athletes beware, if you are feeling a little stir crazy in the athlete compound and want to get out for a little sightseeing, watch what you eat. That reminds me of a story when my wife and I left the hotel in Cancun for a little ‘authentic’ Mexican food… Never mind.


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