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Remember when McDonald's lost big at 1984 Los Angeles Games?

Remember when McDonald's lost big at 1984 Los Angeles Games?

News that McDonald’s has pulled out of its longtime Olympic sponsorship deal on Friday brings to mind another not-so-golden moment for the golden arches.

Before the start of the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, the fast-food chain announced a nationwide promotion that offered free Big Macs, French fries and Cokes every time a U.S. athlete reached the medals podium.

Then the powerhouse team from the former Soviet Union decided to boycott those Olympics, opening the way for the Americans to go on a winning streak.

Some McDonald’s locations in the San Francisco Bay Area reportedly ran short of hamburger buns. In Southern California, a corporate spokesman told The Times:...

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