Big Canadian Lyon roaring on fast food diet

Tue Aug 5, 2008 4:08am EDT
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By Peter Rutherford

BEIJING (Reuters) - For most athletes in Beijing, the Olympic Games mark the culmination of years of sweat and sacrifice. Few will come looking to Jay Lyon for training tips.

Lyon is Canada's best hope for an archery medal, although the 96-kilogram Winnipeg native admits he is probably not the archetypal Olympian.

"I'm not much of an athlete, I eat a lot of McDonalds," said the 22 -year-old on Tuesday. "I'm probably overweight for an athlete."

Lyon will compete in the men's individual and team event at the Olympics, which open on Friday, and said that despite some initial difficulties getting used to the conditions he was confident his team would do well in Beijing.

"I finally pulled my head out of my rear. It took a while to adjust to the heat -- I'm from Canada, it's practically still winter there, people are still ice skating."

(Editing by Ed Osmond)