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McDonald’s Olympics Kids Walk with Athletes in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony #friendswin

August 5, 2016

This event advances the IOC Agenda 2020 Around Youth and Sustainability


RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (August 5, 2016)  McDonald’s is honoring the spirt of friendship that is at the heart of the Olympic values by celebrating nearly 100 kids from around the world with a once-in-a-lifetime, and first-ever, opportunity to participate in an Opening Ceremony at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The McDonald's Olympics Kids will walk in the Parade of Nations at Rio’s famed Maracanã Stadium in front of 80,000 live spectators and billions of television viewers worldwide. 
McDonald's Olympics Kids from 20 countries around the world, represent friendship and unity for children worldwide which are key values of the Olympic Games. The flag bearer of each of the 207 country athlete delegations will be accompanied by a McDonald’s Olympics Kid.
The McDonald's Olympics Kids from the U.S. and Canada were selected by Ronald McDonald House Charities as having overcome great adversity and McDonald’s is proud to celebrate these remarkable kids and their commitment to friendship.  
The Canadian kids include:
  • Carter Morrison, 11, Carlyle, Saskatchewan
  • Ryker Pearson, 10, Mayerthorpe, Alberta
  • Kailah Tetrault, 10, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Jacob Comtois, 10, Trois Rivieres, Quebec
  • Rebekah Winsor, 10, Little St. Lawrence, Newfoundland
In addition to walking in the Parade of Nations, the McDonald’s Olympics Kids are experiencing Olympic events and enjoying activities around Rio. Nearly 100 kids, aged 8 to 12 years old, will be participating from 20 countries around the world, including: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Indonesia, Japan, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Thailand, U.K., and U.S.  Each country held their own local promotion to select kids to represent their respective country.
About McDonald’s and the Olympic Games
McDonald’s commitment to the Olympic Movement began in 1968, when the company airlifted hamburgers to U.S. athletes in Grenoble, France, after they reported being homesick for McDonald’s food. Since then, the company has served its menu of choice and variety to millions of athletes, their coaches, families and fans.  Rio 2016 marks the 11th consecutive Games with McDonald’s as the Official Partner, serving Olympic athletes and fans at the Games.
About McDonald’s Canada
In 1967, Canadians welcomed the first McDonald's restaurant to Richmond, British Columbia. Today, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited has become part of the Canadian fabric, serving close to three million guests every day.  Together with our franchisees, we proudly employ nearly 90,000 people from coast-to-coast and approximately 85 per cent of McDonald's 1,400 Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. Of the almost $1 billion we spend on food, more than 85 per cent is purchased from suppliers in Canada. For more information on McDonald's Canada visit
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For more information please contact:
Adam Grachnik
McDonald's Canada
McDonald's Media Relations Line