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Olympic Games Nutrition in Atlanta 1996

The food supplied for the athletes at the Olympic Village needs to cater to a diversity of sports, cultures, ages and special dietary needs. Here is some information about the Olympic Village food menu for Atlanta in 1996. See more about Olympic Village nutrition and links to information about the food supplied at other Olympic Games.

1996 Atlanta, USA

The food service contractor for the Atlanta Olympics was ARAMARK Corporation. They developed 550 ethnically diverse recipes for the menu. A nutritional analysis of each recipe was provided in the three languages of the Olympics (French and English as the official Olympic languages, plus Spanish). Pictograms were also used at each food station to help athletes easily identify the foods that were being served.

In addition to the great selection of food available for the athletes in the Olympic Village, there was also a McDonald store, providing free Maccas to any athlete. That must have been a challenge for some athletes to avoid. There was some healthier food eaten too. There was an official dining hall - a 75,000 square-foot tent with a 3,500 seat capacity. Below is the list of the actual quantities of food and water served over 33 days.

For athletes who could not eat in the Dining Hall, special Olympic Lunch Boxes were provided, were transported to competition sites in refrigerated trucks. Approximately 50,000 box lunches were prepared.

ref: list adapted from Sports Nutrition - Feeding Olympic Athletes ( - no longer available)

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