Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Crowned Male, Female Athletes of the Year

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Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser Crowned Male, Female Athletes of the Year (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Congrats to Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for being crowned male, female World Athletes of the Year by the sport’s governing IAAF at ceremony in Monaco – @Reuters

Usain Bolt beat out British distance runner Mo Farah and Ukrainian high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko to win his fifth honor in six years. Bolt is the only athlete, male or female, to win the prestigious award more than three times.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce beat out New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams and Czech 400m hurdler Zuzana Hejnova. She is the first Jamaican female athlete, since Merlene Ottey in 1990, to win the award.

The awards come as the Jamaican program is mired in doping allegations. He told Reuters that the controversy over Jamaica’s anti-doping program is scaring off potential sponsors and costing him money. He said, “There is a lot going on with this drug thing that I really feel they need to be clear (about) and clarify because now it is causing problems for me when it comes to making money in my sport,” he told a news conference in Monaco.

Yuk: Usain Bolt Claims He Ate 1,000 Chicken Nuggets During 2008 Beijing Olympics

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Yuk: Usain Bolt Claims He Ate 1,000 Chicken Nuggets During 2008 Beijing Olympics

WTF:  Usain Bolt claims he ate 1,000 chicken nuggets during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Um, that’s just plain bad and on so many levels. Bolt made the revelation in his memoir “Faster Than Lightning,” which is set to be released this week, according to the NY Post. Usain Bolt didn’t want to eat Chinese food, but instead chose to subsist on McNuggets.

“At first I ate a box of 20 for lunch, then another for dinner. The next day I had two boxes for breakfast, one for lunch and then another couple in the evening. I even grabbed some fries and an apple pie to go with it,” he writes.

He estimates that during the 10 days he spent in Beijing, he downed 100 nuggets every 24 hours. That equals 1,000 chunks of chicken. “Man, I should have gotten a gold medal for all that chowing down,” he writes. Source: NY Post

Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt Plans to Retire After 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero

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Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt Plans to Retire After 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt says he plans to retire after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero. Bolt said “I think it would be a good time to retire, on top and just been dominating for so long.” He also said “If I want to be among the greats Ali and Pele and all these guys, I have to continue dominating until I retire.”

Usain Bolt says he wants to win gold in Rio de Janiero, as well as setting another world record in the 200 meters race next year, including winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

 

Mario Balotelli Strikes Back at Usain Bolt for Saying He Didn’t Like Him

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Mario Balotelli Strikes Back at Usain Bolt for Saying He Didn’t Like Him (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italian striker Mario Balotelli and Usain Bolt traded barbs after Bolt reportedly said he did not like him. Balotelli tweeted that Bolt should not judge people he didn’t know.

Bolt, a six-time Olympic champion, reportedly said Balotelli is an aggressive player, who never misses a penalty but that despite his skills and after meeting him a couple times, he “did not like him very much.” Source:  Jamaica Observer

I would imagine people can say the same thing about Usain Bolt that they don’t like him. He’s certainly welcome to his opinion, but he should rise above such ridiculous behavior.
Usain Bolt denies he badmouthed Mario Balotelli:

Jamaican Sprinting ‘Legend’ Usain Bolt Refuses to Run in UK Unless Tax Laws Changed

Jamaican sprinting “legend” Usain Bolt refuses to run in United Kingdom, unless tax laws are changed.

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Jamaican Sprinting ‘Legend’ Usain Bolt Refuses to Run in UK Unless Tax Laws Changed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UK Telegraph:  “The sprinter, who won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the Games in London, objects to a law that sees him taxed on global sponsorship and endorsement earnings as well as any appearance fee – levied at the 50pc higher earning rate – when he competes in Britain.

And despite setting a new world record during the Olympics, the 25 year-old, who earns an estimated $20m (£12.7m) a year, says his UK-based fans won’t see him compete until the tax laws are loosened.

“As soon as the law changes I’ll be here all the time,” Bolt said. “I love being here, I have so many Jamaican fans here and it’s wonderful.”

Glyn Bunting, a partner at Deloitte, told Radio 4 that HMRC would not only want a slice of Bolt’s winnings in the UK but also his £12.5m sponsorship deal with Puma.

“Usain Bolt will be paid a considerable amount of money to wear a particular brand of clothing or a particular type of racing shoe and HMRC wants its share of that income,” Mr Bunting said.”

Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake Decimate Americans to Win Men’s 4x100M Relay in London

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Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake Decimate Americans to Win Men’s 4x100M Relay in London (Team Jamaica)

NEWSFLASH:  Jamaicans shut out America for the 4x100m men’s relay in yet another Olympics in record time. Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake clocked a new world record of 37.04, literally decimating the Americans.

 

Jamaica’s First Golden Giant Arthur Wint Paved Way for Olympic Gold Medal Contenders Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake

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Jamaica’s First Golden Giant Arthur Wint (Herb McKinley, right) Paved Way for Olympic Gold Medal Contenders Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake

Jamaica’s golden giant Arthur Wint featured by BBC as Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell set to blaze the track at 100m race Sunday.

BBC:  Regardless how well the island nation’s male athletes [Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell] fare on Sunday, the big three have been soundly beaten in this race – by 64 years.

His may not be a household name for modern-day spectators, but Arthur Wint won gold the last time the Olympics were held in London, in 1948. Jamaica’s first-ever Olympic gold medal winner equalled the world record of 46.2 seconds in the 400m final at Wembley Stadium, coming from behind to beat compatriot Herbert McKenley, who took silver.

As Jamaica didn’t gain full independence from Great Britain until 1962, when Wint collected his gold medal, the anthem that was played was God Save the Queen.

Known as the Gentle Giant, 6’4 Wint was 28 when he won that historic gold, having already seen active combat as a Royal Air Force pilot during World War II.

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Wint left the RAF in 1947 to study medicine, qualifying as a doctor in 1953 and being made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II the following year – having secured another world record and Olympic gold in the men’s 4x400m relay in Helsinki 1952.

Wint served as Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Britain and ambassador to Sweden and Denmark from 1974 to 1978 and, although he died in 1992, his memory lives on.

UPDATED: Usain Bolt Compared to Tiger Woods After Jamaicans Condemn Interracial Relationship with Lubica Slovak

NEWSFLASH:  (08/09/12) Lightening strikes the Olympics twice as Usain Bolt makes history by winning 200m men’s final, Yohan Blake second and Warren Weir third, as Jamaica sweeps 200m race.

Newsflash (08/05/12):  Usain Bolt defends Olympic title, wins 100m race at London Olympics, Yohan Blake second, Justin Gatlin third and Tyson Gay fourth.

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Usain Bolt Compared to Tiger Woods After Jamaicans Condemn Interracial Relationship with Lubica Slovak

The Jamaica Observer is just plain wrong for targeting Usain Bolt and his white girlfriend Lubica Slovak in an April 27th article, knowing full well the ignorant will leave comments in droves on sites linking to the story, voicing their displeasure at an interracial relationship. Lost on many is the fact that interracial relationships are nothing new in Jamaica. Many people of Asian descent intermarry with Jamaicans of African descent, for example. So, what’s the problem? Usain Bolt and Lubica Slovak, a fashion designer, have been dating for six months.

One online posting said: ‘Really now Usain! Some successful black men obviously suffer from a white woman complex. You too?’, while another complained: ‘Another one of our men snatched.’ 

Further protests included: ‘Out of all the girls on this island you pick a snowbunny’, and: ‘These superstars will always disappoint if we depend on them to raise our racial identity.’

The sprinter nicknamed Lightning Bolt is known for his mid-race celebrations and post- victory bow-and-arrow pose.  Source: Daily Mail

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Usain Bolt Accused of Dissing Jamaican Girls for White Woman Lubica Slovak

Singer Jill Scott wrote an article in Essence magazine some time ago expressing her displeasure with interracial dating, saying it causes “a bite, no matter the ointment, that has yet to stop burning,” though she added that wasn’t trying to hurt anyone with her thoughts. Well, on a personal note, I have dated outside my race and it wasn’t about dissing my race. It was about a connection with someone I really cared about and shared many interests.

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Usain Bolt Compared to Tiger Woods Over Interracial Relationship with Lubica Slovak (Clovis)

If Lubica Slovak is the calming influence Usain Bolt needs in his life, then so be it. I don’t care what her race is. Quite frankly, I was saddened to see a partying Usain Bolt in a TMZ spring break photograph chugging down alcohol with scantily clad women around him. That’s not the role model young Jamaican men need. Calling him the Jamaican Tiger Woods is laughable, at best. Lost on the naysayers is the fact that the Jamaican motto, “Out of May, One People” drives home the fact that the color of one’s skin doesn’t matter. It’s the oneness all create.

UPDATE#1 (05/09/12): Usain Bolt and his white girlfriend, Lubica Slovak, have called it quits. The Jamaica Star is reporting that the two have called it quits. Um, public pressure caused Usain Bolt to bolt? Interesting. No, he reportedly decided to remain celibate with an eye on Olympics 2012 in London. His agent confirmed the split to the Daily Mail.

Elite Montreal Business School Hautes Études Commerciales Apologizes for Blackface Mockery of Usain Bolt

Students at elite Montreal business school, Hautes Études Commerciales, under fire for blackface mockery of Jamaicans, including Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

 Elite Montreal Business School Hautes Études Commerciales Apologizes for Blackface Mockery of Usain Bolt

A group of students at elite Hautes Études Commerciales, the Université de Montréal’s business school, have engaged in racist behavior after they painted themselves in blackface and chanted in mock Jamaican accents at a back-to-school event and even mocking Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. The university has issued a statement expressing its regret. Um, you would think that someone who is a student at an elite business school would have some COMMON SENSE.

The frosh-week stunt was organized by a student sports committee at the Hautes Études Commerciales, the Université de Montréal’s business school. Participants were encouraged to dress in Olympic-themed costumes, with one group choosing to portray Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

Along with donning the colours of the Jamaican flag, several students also covered their face, arms and legs in black paint. The colourful attire included at least one Rastafarian hat, one green underwear patterned with monkey faces, and a stuffed animal that students carried around.

One witness, who is of Jamaican descent, said he felt uncomfortable and was shocked to hear some students chanting, “Smoke more weed.” At one point the students also repeatedly chanted, “Ya man!” Source: The Star

This was deeply offensive and disturbing on so many levels. As someone who was born in Jamaica, I find it racist and degrading not only because Jamaica has made a significant contribution to the world of sports and music, but because it is just plain wrong and insensitive. Usain Bolt, or any black person for that matter, should not be denigrated and reduced to a mockery.

Usain Bolt Leads Jamaica to 4X100M Relay World Record, As USA Relay Curse Continues

Usain Bolt leads Jamaica to a new 4X100m relay world record, clocking 37.04 seconds, to end the IAAF Championships in Daegu, South Korea, while U.S.A. falls to the relay curse once again! Great work by the Jamaicans. Usain Bolt and his team mates Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake did the “No Problem Mon” island proud!