I’ve never believed you should suffer fools gladly – and Usain Bolt showed the best way to silence the “foolish” IOC president, Jacques Rogge by winning his third gold medal and setting another world record in the Olympics today.
Responding to the Belgian bureaucrat’s crass remarks about the way in which he reacts to being the fastest man on the planet, Bolt said:
“It’s a great thing and people love this and it really doesn’t matter what people think or comment because I know it pleases the fans… The fans love it when I do it, I do it for myself, the country and the fans… I’m showing them my personality.”
Bolt is everything the Olympics are supposed to be about. He isn’t the product of some rich country, some elaborate training program that churns out gold medals by any means necessary.
He’s a breath of fresh air, a guy who came out of nowhere to enrapture the world with his athletic performance and colorful personality. This is no dead-eye product of some massive machine.
Meanwhile, British minister Tessa Jowell has criticised media criticism of China, as the UK government gets out a begging bowl seeking corporate sponsors for its 2012 financial shortfalls. According to the BBC, the new sponsorship initiative “Medal Hopes” plans to:
sell access to British athletes as they prepare for the 2012 Olympics to local, regional and national sponsors.
Undoubtedly the “sponsored athletes” will be expected to do more than demonstrate natural exuberance in return for being “sold” to the highest bidders.