Usain Bolt is nothing short of a phenomenon. He has earned his place among the greatest sports legends of all time. He is the world’s fastest man. Bolt became a professional athlete in 2004, but the he became a worldwide household name after he set world records during the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. Since then, we have become familiar with the graceful long strides (for every 44 steps taken by his competitors, he needs to take only 41) that bring him victory with what seems like such effortlessness. Usain is not the first sprinter to use a long, lean body to propel him forward. What makes him different is that he moves his tall frame with such ease and that is usually the benefit of a smaller runner. After recent losses to his training partner and fellow countryman Yohan Blake, doubts arose as to whether or not he would be able to pull off a victory at the 2012 Olympics. Usain used that doubt and criticism and channeled it into training. He became more and more serious and dedicated about refining his technique. His hard work has paid off; his performance at the 2012 London games have not disappointed.
The first thirteen original Olympic Games in the ancient world consisted only of short distant sprint races. Bolt’s event is quite literally, the heart and soul of the Olympics and only an elite few in modern times have dominated the way he has. He has brought a level of skill, natural talent and flare to the sport from his home of Trelawney, Jamaica. For decades, a disproportionate number of the world’s fastest men and women have run in the gold, green and black of Jamaica. The island holds a long sprinting tradition and despite his carefree, playful and confident nature, Usain Bolt has upheld that tradition like no other in history.
Written by: Kika Ramsay