"Call me Lightning Bolt", Usain told the media. Don't nickname me Superman or Flash Gordon. I am my own man. I work hard and the records show.
He has a mind of his own. Like refusing to train in the USA, where he fears burnout. He bolts around Jamaica and eats lots of yam.
He refused to be boxed in and wants to define himself. A natural athlete but most importantly with a spontaneous personality. He captured the heart of all. The Games was touted as sterile and controlled in many ways. In security and muted opposition. Sterilized and edited opening ceremony. No life and spontaneity.
What the Water Cube could not do, despite Phelps winning an incredible 8 gold medals in one Games, it was achieved in the Bird's Nest.
Life. Fun. Youthful Exuberance. Celebration. He connected with the crowd in the stadium and the rest of the world through the screen. Who can forget his 'hunter pose', 'slowing down to celebrate and beating his chest', glancing at the clock as he grimaced and clawed to a new 200m record.
He connected except with one. The IOC President, Jacques Rogge. He took exception to his celebrations. “I understand the joy,” Rogge said. “He might have interpreted that in another way, but the way it was perceived was ‘catch me if you can.’ You don’t do that. But he’ll learn. He’s still a young man.”
What a condecending behavior. He saved the Beijing Games devoid of personalities except Phelps. Common Jacques Rogge, don't be a killjoy. What 'disrespect'? Show some respect to these winners that have worked so hard.
A new generation will be inspired by this role model that portray the genuine Olympic spirit. The 'can do' and the nothing is impossible guts! That hard work will have a payday. And it should be celebrated. Congratulations, Lightning Bolt! Well done! We will learn from this young man!