A McNugget Obsession and a Love of Samba: 5 Things to Know About Record-Smashing Sprinter Usain Bolt
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt will kick-off his third Olympic games when Track & Field begins this weekend
The fastest man in the world will make his Olympic return on Saturday, so we’re getting you up to speed on all things Usain Bolt.
The Jamaican sprinter and world-record breaker will kick-off his third Olympic games with the men’s 100-meter preliminaries – the start of what he hopes to be a historic trip to Rio.
Here is everything you need to know about what is at stake for the 29-year-old at this year’s Games, and all the things he loves off the track.
1. He’s got his eye on an unprecedented triple-triple
Bolt hopes to be the first ever athlete to win the gold in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4×100-meter races in three consecutive Olympic games.
He nabbed gold in all three at the London and Beijing games – another type of triple-triple – and feels assured he can do it again this year.
“I’ll win all three gold [medals], there’s never anything else for me when it comes to a championship,” he promised reporters at a Monday press conference, according to CNN. “I think I can definitely break the 200-meter world record and I definitely want to. I said I wanted to go under 19 seconds and I don’t know if that will be possible but nothing tried, nothing done, so I will go out there and push myself.”
2. He’s four-for-four in individual Olympic finals
Bolt has run in four Olympic individual finals, and he’s taken the title in all four of them.
Think that’s impressive? Bolt has a total of 17 gold medals, with the addition of the hardware won in IAAF World Championships. At the 2015 championships in Beijing, he took first in all three of his events. Just par for the course.
3. His training diet might involve the golden arches
At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Bolt consumed around 1,000 McDonald’s chicken McNuggets, he revealed in his autobiography Faster than Lightning, according to TIME.
If you’re doing the math, that’s about 100 chicken nuggets a day over the 10-day trip – and he still medaled.
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Today Bolt’s diet is a little more reasonable. He told W magazine, “I am older now, so I’ve really adjusted my diet a little bit more.”
“In the mornings, I will just have anything I feel like,” he explained. “As long as I have fruits with it, I can have anything I want really. But then in the evenings, I pretty much usually just have protein and vegetables, and then just go to sleep.”
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4. He still knows how to have fun
Known for savoring the moment after his wins, Bolt doesn’t deny he likes to “entertain.”
As he told USA Today, “Definitely a sprinter first, but I like to entertain. That’s what people come out to see. That’s what I do. I try to entertain and make it different. That’s why people love me so much.”
And he’s already putting on a show at the Olympics, dancing the samba at a Rio press conference surrounded by scantily clad performers … all while snapping selfies.
5. He already has plans for retired life
Bolt will end his Olympic career after Rio’s close, and plans to only compete in one final World Championship.
So what’s next for the champion runner? Bolt tells W magazine that he’ll spend more time working with his charity, the Usain Bolt Foundation.
“We’re working on a clinic in Jamaica because a lot of kids can’t afford medical attention and stuff like that,” he explained. “I’m trying to make it easier for them, and also, I’m trying to work with IWF. I’ve already talked to the president and being a part of the IWF in any way just to try to encourage and just try to uplift the sport, in any way I can to just help the sport.”