Everybody has a passion. For some people, striving to reach that goal takes years of dedication and persistence. Having natural ability is important, but so are the hours of hard work you pour into your craft. Stay focused, remember why we get up for work day-after-day, and be passionate. Good things take time, but some people are just born to get there faster than everyone else.
From Beijing to London to Rio de Jiniero, nobody can catch Usain Bolt — he must love being the fastest man in the world.
The 8-time Olympic gold medalist hails from Sherwood Content, Jamaica. At 6-foot-5, Bolt’s huge stride and late breaking ability helped him dominate track and field for more than a decade.
The 100-meter and 200-meter specialist owns world records, and separate Olympic records, in three different events, once reaching a top speed of 25.71 mph.
On August 16, 2009 at the Berlin World Championships at Olympic Stadium in Germany, Usain Bolt set the world record in track and field’s most iconic event — the men’s 100m dash.
To his right were American champion Tyson Gay and fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell, and neither stood a chance that day.
The Jamaican starts even with the pack, then proves why he’s the fastest human on the planet, setting the 100m world record at 9.58 seconds.
It’s so fast, even Bolt couldn’t break it again. Absolutely. Insane.
Winning nine of nine Olympic events, including three separate three-peats, is one of the most dominant runs in the history of modern athletics — His 4x100m relay team partner Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Jamaica was stripped of the gold medal.
His most dominant performance, though, is the 200-meter world record he set in that same IAAF World Championships just four days later.
Once he hits the 50-meter mark, the race is over.
After retiring from the Olympic Games, Bolt is attempting a second career in professional soccer, because you can do that when you’re the greatest sprinter to ever live.
The world record holder is playing an “indefinite training period” with the Central Coast Mariner’s of Australia’s A-League. There are also talks of signing Bolt to a new United States soccer club.
Remaining steady and patient makes reaching the finish line that much sweeter. Sometimes, it’s the slow grind that makes the win even better.
Then again, being the fastest in the world would be pretty cool, too.