May 3, 2013

USAIN BOLT: Feeling The Fastest Man in the World

LUCKY? 'Cos I never give up.
GIFTED? 'Cos I never take shortcuts.

Inspired by his words...

What a legend Usain Bolt is.
Athletes always succeed in pushing my limits. ;)

The mistaken assumption used to be that Bolt simply needed to turn up, mug for the camera with some dance-hall steppin', and then run and win, before reaching for his arrow-shooting victory pose. "What can I do?" he says. "You can only do your work and let people believe what they want. I work my hardest because I know what it takes to be a champion. I know what I want and I'm focused on what I need to do to win."

after enduring unfamiliar adversity, he has become mentally stronger. "Yeah, definitely. It gets annoying but, after a while, you get used to people making their own comments and just judging you. But I'm always positive. I know what I want. I know what I am capable of. But it makes you stronger when you have to work so hard to get better and you have to go through all these trials. So I don't stress. I just focus on what is necessary."

"it's always good to lose. It wakes you up." (The fastest man in the world also has his darkest moments.

Was Bolt shocked to suffer successive defeats to Blake? "You can't say it's a shock. For me, it's good to have your eyes opened wide. To have ups and downs so you can really evaluate what you did wrong or what you need to do to get back where you need to be. It was extremely good it happened at the trials so I could refocus.

"My hunger is always there," Bolt says coolly. "Things happen throughout the season that throw you off sometimes but you have to learn from your mistakes. I just need to put things in place to make sure it doesn't happen at the Olympics. I just try and get over it and get my confidence up to a level where I'm comfortable at the Games."
Bolt was not physically at his best, and struggling with a tight hamstring, but he refuses to excuse his successive losses in Jamaica. Great sprinters, after all, require great rivals to lend gravitas to their legacy. 
"I've definitely worked hard for these Olympics," Bolt says. "Really hard. You have to put a lot behind you and it's all about sacrifice. You must sacrifice a lot."

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