Life, Love, and Passports

Impossible is nothing

Last night the world stopped to watch as an overly charismatic Usain Bolt of Jamaica took to the starting blocks at the London Olympics for the men’s 100m final. While he happens to be the fastest man in the world (for now!) over 100m I’m not entirely sure that his overly dramatic antics are necessary at the start of the race. Surely he should conserve some of that energy for his winning celebration. I think it would also do him well to realise that no athlete is unbeatable and surely his day will come and all of his shenanigans will seem ever so slightly over the top.

Step forward Ryan Bailey of the united states of America he could teach Bolt a thing or two. Though he managed to finish 5th in that sprint off he immediately started trending on Twitter not only because he was the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen on the 100m starting blocks but because he didn’t use the introduction of the athletes to the crowd as a personal stage and to show off like a teenager in a fast car! Cool, calm and collected and perhaps that is the kind of behaviour I expect from a world renowned athlete not behaviour fit for a wrestling match.

A new week begins at the Olympics after a rather spectacular weekend for the host nation who were collecting gold medals like seashells.
Oscar Pistorius of South Africa aka the blade runner won the hearts of many as he took on able-bodied athletes in an attempt to contest the 400m finals. Though he didn’t qualify for the finals he certainly was a wonderful reminder that different doesn’t necessarily mean incapable and that is what the Olympics should be all about.

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One response

  1. Interesting as always Claudette, I hope you and your family are well. I’m not sure if I agree with your comments about the main man Bolt. Perhaps I’m a little biased, coming from a West Indian parentage and perhaps its because I feel that in addition to his extraordinary talent, he has loads of personality and charisma. He behaves in the same way that Mohammed Ali used to behave before each match. I mean, the whole stadium, whom a lot of are British are cheering this man on with such enthusiam. With the number of games I’ve watched, the British has praised their own. The patriotism has been strong but I was happy that yesterday, for once, the Brits put their patriotism aside and stood for attention for this man. I love his childish antics, his light hearted humour and his respect to his fellow runners (especially Yohan Blake) and yes, one day, he will be beaten but until that time I look forward to seeing him in future races. Take care.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm

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