Friday, August 10, 2012


Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts after winning the men's 200m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 9, 2012. REUTERS-Gary Hershorn
A few years ago, I was at the Penn Relays hanging out with my son and showing some support for the local high school track and field for Chester and Delaware. In the 4X100 relays was Usain Bolt who set a new record that April day 2010. Everyone was in awe to see him. Bolt made history this week at the Olympics in London when he won the 100 and 200 meters race repeating his win from the last Olympics. In an interview Bolt said, he was “A legend, the best without a doubt.” I haven’t heard that kind of boasting since Muhammad Ali’s fighting days. He plans to go to Rio for a three-peat in 4 years. 

As Jamaicans just celebrated their 50th Independence on August 6, I am sure they are also celebrating the wins of their track stars that medaled at the Olympic Games.  The Jamaicans showed if they were going to be in only one type of sports event (track & field), they might as well be the best at it. 

At the Olympic Games a few athletes were disappointed and the majority was graceful as they accepted whatever color medal or no medal. Bolt showed that he was one of the best no doubt. A legend, sure maybe the stuff that legends are made of, but Olympic Committee, I’ll take just a little humility to go with that gold medal.

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