Jamaican sprint superstar staying focused on job at hand: taking his Olympic gold medal count to nine at Rio 2016
Usain Bolt is unlike virtually every athlete at the Olympic Games. Treated as a star, someone to take a selfie with, even by his fellow athletes, the Jamaican sprint superstar must work extra hard to find peace and quiet, time to focus on the job at hand.
He did not take part in the welcome ceremony for Jamaica on Thursday morning, instead chosing to stay focused on his bid to defend the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles he won at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.
Although he has not often been seen in the communal areas since he arrived in the village, Bolt has worn his trademark smile and showed his renowned good humour every time he has interacted with staff and other athletes.
Before leaving the Navy physical education centre that was his training base up to Wednesday, Bolt invited children from favelas surrounding the complex to visit, posting an image with them and declaring “these children are our future”.
The demand for Bolt is so great that one of Rio's most popular bars, which is located in a favela near Copcacabana, has launched an online campaign for the Jamaican star to visit, which has gained the support of artists, musicians and even Olympic athletes.