Over the weekend, Sawan Serasinghe, a 22-year-old Australian badminton player, lost three consecutive matches of men's doubles against South Korea, Russia, and Chinese Taipei at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Rather than wallowing in despair over the fact that he wouldn't be medaling in 2016, Serasinghe made the very relatable decision to give his pre-Olympics diet the finger and find the nearest McDonald's where he could buy damn near everything on the menu and inhale it all.
"We would have loved to end our first Olympic campaign with a win against a much higher ranked pair," Serasinghe said in an Instagram post. "Although having said that, there are lots of good things to learn from the matches in the last three days playing against more experienced pairs. Can't wait to go back home to start training and keep on improving!"
Assuming that the food pictured is the whole of Serasinghe's post-Olympics feast, he ended up eating six medium servings of fries, four boxes of McNuggets, six brownies, three McChickens, two hamburgers, one Big Mac, and a cup of an unidentified liquid that may or may not have been a milkshake. Also there were three packets of barbecue sauce and a bottle of water.
According to McDonald's rather vague nutritional info (they don't let you differentiate between portion sizes), Serasinghe ate somewhere around 5000-6000 calories—which, for an Olympic athlete, isn't all that much in the grand scheme of things and not all that uncommon at this year's Olympic Games. It’s not a lot of calories. But all that sodium and fat have got to be killing Serasinghe right about now.
According to The Washington Post, a number of McDonald's locations in Rio near the Olympic Village have seen record-length lines of athletes and coaches looking to bask in the warm glow of the golden arches. The reason? The food is delicious, but it's also free to athletes because—wait for it—McDonald's just so happens to be a sponsor of this year's games.
And so, let it be known that even when you go for the gold and lose, McDonald's is always there for you. Also Olympians eat their feelings just like regular people.