As Usain Bolt steps in the starting blocks, 80,000+ people go quiet. Nobody else can grasp the world’s attention like he can.
Bolt begins entertaining the television audience with his trademark gestures. Nobody else can be this confident before an Olympic final like he can.
When Bolt actually runs, he leaves the field so far behind in 20 seconds, he has time to showboat. Nobody else can dominate the world’s best athletes like he can.
Bolt is a one-of-a-kind athlete.
Standing at 6-foot-5-inches in a slender frame, Bolt doesn’t fit that picaresque image of a sprinter. Forget the notions that being too tall doesn’t allow the turnover rate to be a great sprinter. Forget the countless sprinters with muscles seemingly too big for their spandex uniforms to contain.
Nothing about Usain St. Leo Bolt is normal.
He’s the guy who eats McDonald’s before the Olympic 100m Final, and wins. (Somewhere Ryan Lochte’s mouth just dropped) His pregame antics are the same as his postgame antics: a celebration.
Bolt’s cockiness has no plateau, but neither does the world’s love affair with him.
Every time Bolt steps on the track, all eyes are glued on him – afraid to blink and miss the magic. With his entertaining antics and his electric performances he steals the show every time.
Still any other athlete with an ego the size of Bolt’s would get hammered publicly. But instead Bolt is embraced, and it’s because, as one NBC broadcaster summed it perfectly, “He never fails to deliver.”
Bolt does more than just deliver the gold. He makes the world’s fastest men appear second-class.
There have been great sprinters before – Carl Lewis, Jesse Owens, etc – but nobody has ever made it look so effortless.
Bolt followed up with a slightly more difficult win in the 200m. With that, he became the first ever to repeat in the 100m and the 200m at the Olympics.
Bolt finished in the 4×100 relay, where he turned a dead heat with American sprinter Ryan Bailey on the last leg into a no contest.
After the race, Bailey said, “Wow. He’s a monster.”
Bolt isn’t just a monster or an Olympic Champion, he’s a living legend.
In six Olympic Finals, he has won six gold medals, and set four world records. Usain Bolt is the greatest sprinter of all time.
So what’s left? Bolt looks set on accomplishing new goals – like the 400m or the long jump or both – in his final act at Rio 2016.
Whatever events he chooses, the world will be watching, and clinging to his every move. But Bolt wouldn’t want it any differently.