APEX, N.C.--If a picture is worth a thousand words, for Sydney McCoy, it's worth a thousand miles.
"I got to go to the London 2012 Olympics and I got to meet some athletes and watch some events," McCoy said.
She won the McDonald's Happy Meal Chef contest. That's when she won a free trip to the 2012 Summer Olympics. For Sydney, it was a trip of a lifetime.
"My favorite part was going to Athlete's Village and meeting some athletes. It was really cool because I got to walk around and see where they slept when they were there and where they ate," McCoy said.
Along the way she learned a few new things too.
"They drove on the wrong side of the road so you had to make sure you looked the right way," McCoy said. "They ate different food, they put more salt in it it seems like. Their money is also different."
She also got to visit the biggest McDonald's in the world, made special for the Olympics.
"It didn't seem as big as I thought it was going to be. They included the outside area and everything too," McCoy said. "It was kind of like more open and had wood structure instead of being enclosed."
Finally, Sydney found a new hobby.
"McDonald's gave me the tour bus, the soldier, and Big Ben for my first three pins to start off with," McCoy said.
Starting off with three pins, she came home with 22.
"You just kinda had to trade with everybody, for me they gave me all three buses and I had to trade them to get others," McCoy said.
Whether she's winning competitions and traveling the world, or just being an average 5th grader, Sydney says she wouldn't be anywhere without her parents.
"They've helped a lot because they've done the videotaping, coming up with ideas with me on what to cook, and just helping me go through the process," McCoy said.
To see much more on Sydney's trip, visit her website.