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McDonald's® Gears Up to Serve the World's Athletes At 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City

Feb 6, 2001

As the official restaurant of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, McDonald's is preparing to feed the athletes, coaches, officials and spectators from around the world who will descend upon Salt Lake City one year from now, on February 8, 2002.

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McDonald's plans include food service facilities in both the Athletes' Village and Main Press Center, where guests will experience a familiar taste of home as they choose from such worldwide favorites as McDonald's Big Mac™ Sandwich and World Famous Fries™.

In addition, the more than 90 McDonald's restaurants in the Salt Lake City area and throughout the state of Utah are preparing exciting Olympic-themed activities and menu offerings to welcome visitors from across the globe.

"As a worldwide sponsor of the upcoming Olympic Games here in Salt Lake City, we are moving full speed ahead with our plans to bring the Olympic experience to life for our customers," said Chuck Sparrer, President of the Utah McDonald's Owner/Operator Association. "Whether at the Games or in one of our restaurants, people will enjoy many fun Olympic moments at McDonald's."

During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, McDonald's expects to:

  -- Serve over one million sandwiches to athletes, coaches, officials,
     spectators and the media
  -- Serve an average of 5,000 hamburgers each day to athletes, coaches and
     officials in the Olympic Village
  -- Use more than 1.8 million meat patties, 60 tons of potatoes and 10,000
     kilos of lettuce to feed Olympic guests
  -- Employ hundreds of award-winning crew and managers from across the
     country and around the world to serve the world's best athletes

The Salt Lake City Games mark McDonald's third Olympic Games as a TOP global sponsor. McDonald's is the world's leading foodservice retailer with more than 28,000 restaurants, serving nearly 45 million people each day in 120 countries. More than 85 percent of McDonald's restaurants around the world are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women.

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SOURCE: McDonald's Corporation

Contact: Nancy Izquierdo of McDonald's, 630-623-7555, cell,
630-363-3880; or Matt Birch of PUBLICIS, 801-350-2611, for McDonald's