So, hands up who has got those post-Olympic blues? I know I have.
It seems for a few weeks every four years the world becomes infatuated with dressage or handball.

So for those of you who are wanting more Olympics before the Paralympics begin on the 7th of September, here are three Olympic themed food challenges you can sink your teeth into, and who knows, maybe even try yourself.

 

 

Bolt’s Bitesize Brilliance

LONDON, ENGLAND AUGUST 5, 2012-Jamaica's Usain Bolt strikes a pose after winning the gold medal in the 100 meters at the 2012 London Olympics on Sunday. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

To not know who Usain Bolt is means you must have been living in a cave for the last decade, or you are being born……NOW!

For the past 8 years he has been one of, if not the, most popular athlete on the planet. He burst onto the scene at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, winning 3 gold medals (his total now stands at 9) and breaking 3 world records, and what did he owe his astounding success to…chicken nuggets.

Bolt has said he ate as many as 1000 of them in the 10 days he was there, and after some extreme calculation, that works out to an average of 100 per day…WOW!
So with that in mind, here is the famous “chicken nugget challenge”, attempted by American food challenger Nathan Figueroa, with an added apple pie.

Phelps’ Food Heaven

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Now this is a man who doesn’t need an introduction, but for filler, I will give him one.
Michael Phelps is an American swimmer, and also the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 total medals: 23 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze. He also holds multiple world records across various distances and events.

Something that is quite apparent is that he needs a lot of fuel in him to push him that 5-10 metres more when others falter. A few years ago he made his daily meal plan public knowledge, all 12,000 calories of it, and as always, YouTube turned this into a challenge.

Here is one of the most famous food challengers on the internet, Furious Pete, attempting to take it down.

Hammer Time With  Anita Wlodarczyk

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Anita Wlodarczyk is not a global household name, but in her native Poland I’m sure she is well known.

She is a female hammer thrower, who won gold at the Rio Olympics, breaking her own world record in the process. She is as strong as she is large, and she will need a suitable diet to build and maintain the strength she needs, one full of the three main macro-nutrients: Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats.

So, using that as inspiration, this following food challenge should be sufficient.
A 72oz steak (which is about 500g of protein) with sides of onion rings, chips and mac and cheese, with the latter supplying the carbohydrates and fats.

Here’s Randy Santel attempting to conquer it:

Bonus Brazilian

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While researching challenges for this article, I specifically wanted to find one that was traditionally Brazilian, consisting of traditional Brazilian food.
It was hard…the internet is full of wings, steaks and burgers!

But I finally came across this video below highlighting Brazilian Pastels. These are small, hand-sized, deep-fried parcels, similar to Indian samosas.

So here is a bonus challenge for you guys, can Furious Pete take them down?

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