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Usain Bolt: Superstar Jamaican Sprinter, Olympic Conquerer, and Reigning World's Fastest Man

With three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100m and 200m, the Lightning Bolt has proven he's the best sprinter ever—and maybe one of the greatest athletes of all time.

1. One thing you can’t train without:

Spikes! They’re the most important piece of equipment for a sprinter. Period.

2. Best training advice you’ve ever been given:

People who watch my races know that as I am tall, my start is slower than that of the smaller athletes. A few years ago, my coach told me to stop stressing about making my start faster and run to my strengths. The 100-meter race is long, and the winner is the one who crosses the finish line first.

3. Hardest workout you’ve ever done:

We run sessions like 6–8 x 300m in the winter to build endurance. They are tough. Sprinters don’t usually like such high-volume sessions. But it’s necessary to build endurance during the pre-season.

4. Favorite off-season exercise:

I love playing soccer. I play left midfield or striker with friends who have an appreciation of my profession and thankfully don’t tackle hard.

5. Perfect training meal:

At the moment I am eating a lot of protein and vegetables and trying to stay away from too many carbs in order to get to my optimum racing weight. In competition season, I focus more and more on my diet to give myself the best chance to run fast when it really matters.

6. Favorite cheat meal:

Wings, man. Jerk, buffalo. All types! I love them.

7. Frustration or challenge you constantly battle with in training:

For elite sprinters, it is always training hard but staying injury-free. We tend to walk the line. We really need to watch the hamstrings, calves, and Achilles, which all get tight.

8. Favorite training soundtrack:

I like a lot of dance hall, reggae, and hip-hop.

9. Point in your career, at any level, when you realized you
 were special:

I think it all started in 2002, when I was 15 and I won the World Junior Championships, a competition for under-20s. It’s unusual for a 15-year-old to beat 19-year-olds.

10. Achievement you consider your greatest triumph and why:

Nine Olympic gold medals, 11 world titles, and eight world records. They are all triumphs.

11. Worst thing that’s ever happened to you on the track:

I false-started at the 2011 World T&F Championships in Daegu when I was the favorite to win.

12. Reason you chose your sport over others:

My dad encouraged me to participate in an individual sport and saw that I was able to run fast. He said that in an individual sport I would control my own outcome and not be depending on others and politics in teams.

13. Qualities you consider the most important in a champion:

Being able to perform when it counts and coming back to do it again and again.

14. Attribute you most value in a coach or adviser:

My coach, Glen Mills, is a guru. He has a deep knowledge of the sport, but most of all, he teaches life lessons.

15. Best piece of wisdom you’ve ever received:

My parents brought me up to respect people no matter who they are or where they come from.

16. Best piece of advice you’d give your younger self:

Work hard. Enjoy the moment.

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