Usain Bolt: Profile of a Champion

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Usain Bolt was born in Sherwood Content, a small town hidden in the hills of Trelawny, Jamaica known for its Yam farming, 22 years ago. Trelawny is a northern Parish many miles away from the capital of Kingston. Trelawny was originally a big producer of sugar and had the largest population of Maroons in Jamaica. Maroons were run away slaves who started their own communities. Trelawny is also known for its track athletes such as Gold medalists, Veronica Campbell Brown, and disgraced gold medalist, Ben Johnson.

Bolt originally was a cricket player and his coach noticed his speed and encouraged him to try track and field. By the time he was 15 he was already 6 ft 5 inches and was running in the 200m and 400m and making a name for himself on the junior track circuit.

In 2004, at age 18, Bolt would go to the Olympics and Athens but fail to qualify for the medal round. He would be offered scholarships from the US’s top schools but decided to stay in Jamaica and attended the University of Technology in Kingston Jamaica.

Usain Bolt would soon be encouraged to run the 100m as well as the 200m and would keep up appearances on the international track circuit. Running in several international competitions. He peaked at the right time breaking his fellow Jamaican, Asafa Powell’s world record last May in New York.

Coming to the Olympics Bolt along with Tyson Gay were the favorites in the 100m. Tyson Gay didn’t qualify for the medal round leaving Bolt as the hands down favorite. He did not disappoint breaking the world record and pounding his chest before he crossed the finish line.

Despite his much publicized celebrations, Bolt is a reserved humble man. Just as Alan Iverson and other Americans have come to represent the Hip Hop generation, Bolt has come to represent Jamaica’s dancehall generation. After winning the 100m, Bolt did the Nun Linga(No Linger) Dance and after winning the 200m, he did the ‘Gully Creeper Dance.’ Bolt is often seen at the Kingston hotspot, Quad and is familiar with all the latest dances. Colt’s victory has spawned many dance crazes in Jamaica which was never short on horeography

What will the future bring for Usain Bolt? Despite the fact that he has no football experience whatsoever(no one in his country even plays it) he is being scouted by the Miami Dolphins and their coach Bill Parcells. Bolt also has a lucrative endorsement deal with Puma and is being offered large amounts of money to race all over the world.

Usain’s Bolt was a victory for the underdog and the unheard. A man from a poor small town in a poor small country has captured the world and given Jamaica a hero they have not seen since Bob Marley. The first world that largely ignores the vast majority of people who come from 3rd world countries has been forced to see a 3rd world child in all his glory.

Bolt has shown that with discipline, focus, natural talent and a whole country standing behind him, anything is possible even a country with less than 3 million people could defeat the goliath of the US track team who have been dominating track since Jesse Owens.

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Watch Usain Celebrate His Olympic Victory

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