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Should all athletes eat hundreds of chicken nuggets before competition?

Probably not. But it sure did work for Usain Bolt.

We caught up with the world’s fastest man at CES last week in Las Vegas, where the eight-time Olympic gold medalist was promoting Philips’ new BASS+ headphones at the Gibson tent.

Retired Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt dances at a Christopher Martin concert inside the Gibson tent at CES in Las Vegas. (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

Bolt, who loves music and has some DJ chops, was calm and cool during our interview, much like he looks on the racetrack. We had to ask about his 100 Chicken McNugget per day diet at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where he won three gold medals on the fast food regime.

Bolt said he didn’t like the food offered in the Olympic Village.

“I just stuck to what I knew, chicken nuggets, and I went with that for the entire time,” Bolt said.

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So are nuggets the key to Olympic gold? Bolt says no.

“For the young kids, eat your vegetables,” he advised.

Watch the video above for more from our conversation with Bolt, who talked about his favorite app (Temple Run), celebrity crush (Beyonce — “Sorry Jay-Z,” he said), favorite food (wings), role model (Muhammad Ali), and future job (Manchester United soccer player).

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