The Young Runner with a Name of Usain Bolt!

One can’t help but imagine that Usain Bolt’s family had a preconceived notion that one day he would come to be recognized as the fastest male runner in the world. They must have also had a preconceived notion that one day he would participate in Olympics, 2012 in London. Well, it is all said in the magic of his name- Usain BOLT- Are you saying fast as a lighting bolt?

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   As I prepared to watch the men’s track in the Olympics, it was just amazing to see how Jamaica was represented so well in the men and women track. Not only were they well represented, but they were some of the fastest runners to ever participate in track in the Olympics. They were so good that they were breaking their own records and others as well!


 Now take this for what it is worth, but when I saw the women’s track meet and there were several women from Jamaica there also. To my amazement, there was an interview with one of the female runners and the sportscaster asked her what made her so fast. She responded by saying it is the Jamaica sweet potatoes that they eat. Now those of us who do not live in Jamaica and/or have never tasted Jamaica grown sweet potatoes, we can not answer the question as it relates to the sweet potatoes.

 But a few minutes later there was a news story showing an elderly man down on the ground in Jamaica, harvesting his Jamaica-grown sweet potatoes. He shared with the interviewer that these sweet potatoes indeed did make them run faster. Then it proceeded to show the very young children running in the open fields for miles. So along with the Jamaica-grown sweet potatoes, it is obvious that early and many running experiences will cause us to see many more Olympic runners all along the way- leading to Olympic after Olympic!

    It was just a wonderment and joy to observe this young man before, during and after his races. If there ever was a truth that we try to instill in our children for many years to come, it is confidence or self-confidence. For some, he was unbelievable when he spoke with such confidence that he was going to win, and that he was the fastest man in the world.

    Now with our faith, beliefs and christian or religious backgrounds, there are some who grow to have signs and symbols that represent the being, beings and those who have helped to instill hope and pride within them. Usain Bolt had several actions that seemed consistent before, during and after his running. Rubbing his head, pointing in a certain direction and a unique twisting and dancing movement as none other during the Olympics. He would do a full course dance after his victory- especially winning several Gold Medals.

    My children at home noticed the dancing movement that some may believe to represent arrogance, cockiness, over- confidence or just “showing off.” But having looked at many of the participants from all parts of the world, including the United States, it is just so apparent, that a dance move is a move of happiness, cultural pride and representation of their native land-country and the people who reside there. While we know for many reasons most of our relatives and friends would never make it to the Olympics to see the Olympian in action, we know that there spirits are with them. So, those who are so blessed and fortunate to become participants in the Olympics, never take the opportunity for granted. But they do realize it is a privilege and honor. With this privilege and honor, there are many people who need to be thanked and appreciated for helping them along the way. They need to show their appreciation to all of the people who followed them throughout their career, giving them words of encouragement. For many, especially from impoverished nations, they knew that the blessing came when the financial end of them being able to go was well established!

   Back home in Jamaica large crowds gathered everywhere- everywhere where they could watch their great heroes from among them- Usain Bolt was one of the major winners of the people. Jumping, dancing,

clapping, shouting, stomping and singing with much jubilation were just a few of the actions. Thanking their God for this blessing and for their people to have been privileged with this opportunity of being honored and respected before the world- not able to find words-no! The

prayers continued to go up, while blessings continued to pour down.

   Even though Usain Bolt became known as the fastest world runner, he always showed respect and dignity for all of the other competitors. For he realized in a matter of seconds, any of the others could have been where he stood. Other Olympians from all over the world  respected him as well!

      Words of Confidence or Just Planning on Winning

    “Championship races, for me, it just happens. It all comes into perspective. It’s what I need. I show up on the day.”-  Usain Bolt

    It is amazing to learn of how the Olympian track stars give Usain Bolt his credit and all due respect. For example,

one runner said, “When you are running and near him, you can feel him..” Well the body of this 6′ 5″ and he just simply reminds them of a fast bolt, as soon as he lifts his legs to begin to run the race.

  While most of us observed him at the Olympics, it is told that he spends most of his time in Jamaica and does practice some of the “moves” he makes entertaining crowds as large as 80,000. His “Lightning Bolt” pose is a delight to all who see him on the field as well as after his world running and record breaking performances! Yes his name from birth was one especially designed and chosen just for him! USAIN BOLT- the bolt- fastest man in the world! 

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