|Estimated value:||€80 million|
|Country of origin:||Jamaica|
|Source of Wealth:||athlete|
Usain Bolt is a former Jamaican sprinter. He is the world record holder in the 100m, 200m and 4 × 100m relay. He is widely regarded as the greatest sprinter of all time.
Usain St. Leo Bolt was born in 1986 in Sherwood Content, a small town in Jamaica. His parents ran the local grocery store in the rural area. Bolt spent his free time playing cricket and football with his brother on the streets. As a child, Bolt attended Waldensia Elementary School, where he began to show his sprinting potential when he ran at his community’s annual national elementary school meeting. At 12, Bolt was the school’s fastest 100-meter runner. Upon entering the William Knibb Memorial School, Bolt focused on other sports, but his cricket coach noticed Bolt’s speed on the field and recommended that he try track and field events. Bolt won his first annual high school championships medal in 2001. He took the silver medal in 200 meters with a time of 22.04 seconds. At the age of 15, Bolt found his first success on the world stage at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, where he won the 200 meter dash. This made him the youngest junior gold medalist of all time. Bolt’s actions impressed the athletics world and he received the International Association of Athletics Foundation’s Rising Star Award that year. He soon earned the appropriate nickname “Lightning Bolt.”
Bolt began his pro career in 2004 with the CARIFTA Games in Bermuda. He was the first junior sprinter to cover the 200 meters in less than twenty seconds and set the world record with a time of 19.93s. At 6’1″, Bolt defies the conventional wisdom that very tall sprinters are at a disadvantage as quick starters. In 2005 and 2006, Bolt reached the top 5 in the world rankings. Unfortunately, injuries plagued the sprinter and prevented him from completing a full pro season. In 2007, Bolt broke the national 200-meter record held by Donald Quarrie for over 30 years and won two silver medals at the track and field championships in Osaka, Japan. At the 2008 Olympics, Bolt became the first athlete, since American Carl Lewis, to win the 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay at a single Olympiad, and the first ever to set world records in all three events set up. A failed drug test by one of his 4×100 teammates resulted in Bolt losing his gold medal in that event. His 0.66 second lead in the 200m was the largest in Olympic history. At the 2009 World Championships, Bolt broke his 100m record, winning in 9.58 seconds. Four days later he broke his own 200m record by 0.11 seconds and won a second gold medal at the World Championships. Bolt was the big favorite in the sprint events en route to the 2011 World Championships, but a false start disqualified him from the 100m final. At the 2012 London Olympics, Bolt defended his titles in the 100m and 200m events with an Olympic record. In 2013 he won three gold medals at the World Championships. At the 2015 World Championships, Bolt again won gold medals in his three outstanding competitions. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay events. Bolt announced his retirement after the 2017 track and field championships. There he had won a bronze medal in the 100 meter sprint and finished eighth as a member of the 4 × 100 meter relay team.
An eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Bolt is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100m and 200m titles at three consecutive Olympic Games (2008, 2012 and 2016) and ranks as the most successful competitor at World Outdoor Championships. He also won two 4 × 100 meter relay gold medals. He gained worldwide fame through his double victory in the sprint in world record times at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He was the first athlete to hold both records since fully automatic time became mandatory. Bolt is considered the “highest paid athlete in the history of athletics”. Bolt achieved his top speed at the 2009 Berlin World Championships. There Bolt set a world record of 9.58 seconds for the 100 meter race. The maximum speed was 44.72 kilometers per hour between 60 and 80 meters. Bolt used his status as the world’s fastest sprinter to enlist more than a dozen sponsors, including Mumm, XM, Kinder, Advil and Sprint. His partnership with Puma alone earned Bolt more than $10 million annually.
“My name is Bolt, Lightening Bolt.”
“The difference between the impossible and the possible is determination.”
“There were many legends, many people before me. But this is my time.”
tips for success
“Worry won’t get you anywhere. If you’re worried about your performance, you’ve already lost. Train hard, do your best and the rest will fall into place for you.”
“Dreaming is free. Goals have costs. While you can dream for free, goals don’t come without a price. Time, effort, sacrifice and sweat. How will you pay for your goals?”
|Estimated value:||€80 million|