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    Gluten-free Pizza, Steaks, Burgers and Shakes on the Menu as Olympians Celebrate Triumphs

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    Celiac.com 09/26/2012 - After bringing home a gold medal in the pole vault, American Olympian Jenn Suhr, 30, plans to celebrate with 'a giant slice of gluten-free pizza! I follow a gluten-free diet, but I can’t wait for some good pizza,' she said.

    Photo: CC--Ron DauphinOlympians who plan to celebrate with their favorite foods after their performances include swimmer Matt Grevers, 27, gymnast John Orozco, and shooter Jamie Gray, among others.



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    Grevers, who won gold in the 100m backstroke and a silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay, who headed straight for the nearest McDonald's, where he ordered a vanilla milkshake. 'It was delicious,' he added.

    The same was true for gymnast John Orozco, whose pre-Olympic training diet consisted of lean meats and vegetables.

    Orozco went big and ate pizza, chicken nuggets from McDonald’s,' and 'a big cookie. The 19-year-old paid a bit of a price for his exuberance: 'After that my stomach was destroyed,' he said.

    After his gold medal performance in shooting, Jamie Gray collecting his medal, and headed straight to USA House, where he treated himself to a steak, cooked rare.

    'It was awesome. They didn’t have it in the buffet so the chef made it and brought it out himself.'

    Silver medal hurdler Michael Tinsley may have to wait a bit longer to celebrate: He wants a burger from his favorite spot in Austin, Texas.


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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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