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    Predictions say McDonald's sales rose 4.8 percent during February. (Getty Images)
    McDonald’s Sales Rise During Olympics

    TOP sponsor McDonald’s says its global sales rose 4.8 percent during February, coinciding with the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The results beat estimates calling for a 4 percent rise in global sales.

    “Our worldwide results for February show that we’re satisfying the needs of our customers around the world by giving them more choice and variety, unbeatable value and the convenience they’re looking for given today’s busy lifestyles,” McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner said.

    The company used an Olympic-themed Chicken McNugget promotion in the United States with Olympians Shawn Johnson and Dwight Howard.

    Comparable sales in the U.S., Europe, Asia/Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Japan, China and Australia increased. Comparable sales include restaurants open for at least 13 months including temporarily closed restaurants.

    Estimates predicted an increase of 4 percent in global sales for February.

    Gold Medalist Williams, Bolt Win Laureus Awards

    Gold medalists Serena Williams and Usain Bolt won Laureus World Sports Awards in Abu Dhabi.

    Williams set a record by winning 2010 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year giving her three Laureus World Sports Awards.

    “The Laureus Awards have been a constant reflection of my career, winning in 2003 and 2007, and I think I was also nominated four more times,” Williams said. “I know only Roger Federer has more Awards, so it would be cool to catch him up.”

    Serena Williams ranked first in the world in 2009 and won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.

    Three-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt won Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, repeating from 2009.

    Mohammed Ibrahim Al Mahmood, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said the Laureus Awards will improve sports in the region.

    "We want to see more goals achieved in the sporting arena, especially for the development of youth and women, and this is something we are actively pursuing" he said.

    "We have made sure to put in place the infrastructure and provide the necessary support to help encourage more aspiring athletes to go all the way. Laureus can help in that pursuit."

    Lionel Cox, Cycling Gold Medalist, 80

    Lionel Cox, Australian cycling gold medalist
    Lionel Cox (right) had never ridden a tandem bike before the Helsinki Olympics when he won gold in the event. (IOC/Olympic Museum collections)
    died on Sunday of pneumonia.

    Cox competed at the 1952 Helsinki Games in cycling. He won a gold medal in the 2000m tandem event and silver in the 1000m sprint.

    Australia Olympic Committee president John Coates said Cox was one of “Australia’s finest Olympians”.

    “Lionel was a well loved member of the Olympic family. He will be sadly missed. He was a tough competitor who made a great contribution to his sport as an athlete and later as a coach.”

    Cox had never ridden a tandem bike nor did he have the chance to train with gold medal winning partner Russell Mockridge prior to the Games.

    Johnson: Bolt Should Run 400m

    World record holder in the 400m Michael Johnson tells Usain Bolt to run the 400m.

    Bolt ran in a 400m relay recently in Jamaica and clocked 43.58 seconds, just .4 seconds of Johnson’s world record time.

    "He has the ability to be a world record holder. If it were me, I would move to the 400 now," Johnson said.

    Bolt holds the world record in the 100m and 200m. He uses the 400m for stamina training but does not regularly compete in the event. If he broke the record held by Johnson, Bolt would become the first person to hold the world records in 100m, 200m and 400m.

    Olympic Biathlon Champion Retires

    Kati Wilhelm won a bronze in Vancouver, her seventh medal overall. (Getty Images)
    Kati Wilhelm of Germany, three time gold medalist in biathlon will retire from competition.

    Wilhelm won seven medals overall, and one medal in Vancouver, a bronze in the relay.

    "I achieved everything there was to achieve” she said in a statement on her Web site.

    "The Olympics in Vancouver were again a highlight but now it is time to leave the biathlon track to younger athletes."
    The 33 year old Wilhelm said she will complete her studies and “have as much fun in my job as I had chasing medals."

    Wilhelm also won five world championships in biathlon.

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