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Ronald McDonald is going for the gold. Sort of.

NT: You don't think McDonald's in Athens serves dolmas with yogurt sauce? Or spanakopita burgers?

Cruz: That's what I'm going to find out. When I get there, they'll show me where I'll be working, and they'll show me what they serve then. I'm going to have a good time and really enjoy myself. I'm excited about the Olympics.

NT: Are you a big Olympics fan?

Cruz: Since I won I've been more interested in it. I've been trying to find out different things about it, like what kind of competitions they have and when it's going to be on TV so I can watch. It's fun. And everyone is so competitive.

NT: I'll say! How do you think the U.S. will do?

Cruz: Well, they have to do good. I think we'll win, because I think there are more people in the U.S. who are better athletes. Like maybe in other countries they don't really compete as much. You know what I mean?

NT: Yes. Now, you've been getting a lot of media attention lately. Are you going to get all famous and shit, and quit McDonald's and become a celebrity?

Cruz: I am getting a lot of attention. I'm loving it, too. Yeah. But I don't think it will be like fame, you know, like J.Lo or anything. I think people might forget [about me] after I get back and stuff.

NT: You're 28 -- isn't that a little long in the tooth to be working at Mickey D's?

Cruz: No! We've got all ages here. You can really get a good career out of McDonald's if you do it right. I've been here since we opened the store three years ago. I've also got another career. I'm a medical assistant. I work two jobs. But I'm always going to stay at McDonald's.

NT: I've always wanted to meet the Hamburglar. Can you arrange that for me?

Cruz: No. I mean, I would, except I think he's not around anymore. Like we don't use him anymore.

NT: Okay. Then can you tell me what's in the secret sauce?

Cruz: No! No way.

NT: Come on.

Cruz: I don't even know! But if I did, I couldn't tell you. They might not let me work here anymore. Or go to the Olympics and stuff. McDonald's is really, really nice to me. I'm not telling any secrets.

E-mail robrt.pela@newtimes.com

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