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McDonald's Honors World’s Best Big Mac
Builders at Beijing Olympic Games

The Official Restaurant of the Olympic Games honored its best of the best restaurant employees - B? - who embody the Olympic ideals of excellence and teamwork in Beijing at a Big Mac Building competition. Olympic officials and McDonald’s executives joined world-renowned athletes, including nine-time U.S. Olympic Track & Fieldgold medalist Carl Lewis and Chinese Olympians Gao Min, two-time Diving gold medalist, and Track & Field gold medalist Wang Junxia, to cheer on the company’s all-star crew teams C? .

In this McDonald’s Olympic event, crew competed for honors in four categories: quality of food, teamwork and collaboration, celebration of the Olympic Spirit and speed of service. The exhibition was held at the world’s largest free-standing McDonald’s restaurant, located at the north end of the Olympic Green, built to seat more than 1,000 customers.

"These crew members exemplify the same spirit as the Olympic athletes themselves and it showed during today’s competition,” said Jim Skinner, McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer. "Our outstanding restaurant employees are the heart and soul of the company. They are being recognized for providing the same efficient and friendly service to the international crowds in Beijing as they do for customers every day in their hometowns, all at the speed of service McDonald’s offers worldwide."

"As a former McDonald’s restaurant employee, I was proud to share in this moment today with the McDonald’s Olympic Champion Crew,” said Olympian Carl Lewis. “I needed dedication, energy and drive to compete as an athlete and the same holds true for these outstanding crew teams."

“The McDonald's Olympic Champion Crew program demonstrates the very ideals of the Olympic Movement – connecting cultures and communities while celebrating excellence and achievement,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge.

McDonald's is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 31,000 local restaurants in 118 countries. More than 75 percent of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by franchisees and affiliates.