Usain Bolt – the fastest man in history – has become a household name all around the world, taking the world by storm after winning nine gold medals in three successive Olympic Games to become a global phenomenon.
He won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay events in Beijing 2008 only to repeat the feat again in London four years later and earlier this year in Rio de Janeiro.
Many consider him to be the greatest athlete of all time; an impressive specimen of strength, power and determination, but the Jamaican sensation has admitted to being “a lazy person” and looking forward to retiring to the countryside.
Now at 30 years of age, Bolt is aware his best days are behind him and simply won’t be able to remain competitive in a sport that demands every participant to be at their peak both mentally and physically.
“I’m a lazy person.” He said, in an interview with GQ Magazine. “I’ll call someone upstairs and say, ‘Pass me the remote!’ I like to chill out.”
Bolt: It's time for me to go
With the conclusion of the World Championships next year London will come Bolt’s retirement, bringing to an end the career of arguably the greatest athlete in the history of modern athletics
Over the course of the last five World Championships he’s won an impressive 11 gold and two silver medals – a tally he’ll certainly be looking to add to in London next year even if it will be the last time he graces an adoring crowd with his trademark sprints.
Bolt is the first person to admit to be able to compete effectively at the very top of your sport – whatever that may be – you need to be motivated beyond all good reasoning, and that is the main reason behind him deciding it his time for him to step down from the track.
“I’m too competitive," he continued. "That’s why it’s time for me to go. The drive – I know it’s going to start going down.”
Bolt: I like the simple life
Even though he may have superstar acclaim and be recognised all over the world as the fastest man on Earth, Bolt is more focused on living a life away from the cameras where he can put his feet up and relax.
“I like the simple life. I’m from the country," he added. "And after I retire, I’m going to live in the country. I like dirt bikes and football and stuff. Just nature, and just chilling.”
After being photographed in bed with a Brazilian student in Rio, Bolt was quick to defend himself by saying: “the British press is always trying to make me out to be this bad guy who loves women and how all I do is women and stuff.”
He also alluded to the cultural differences that exist between the UK and his home country of Jamaica: “You can’t judge different culture by your own culture. In England when you get famous the first thing you do is get married and have kids – in Jamaica it’s different.”
No doubt when Bolt does finally retire his presence will be sorely missed by fans and fellow athletes all over, but without him in the picture there is a real opportunity for a whole host of young, exciting athletes to take his place and become overnight heroes.
The question is: can anybody break his records? Also: if he wasn’t so ‘lazy’ could he have gone faster?