It’s still early days yet but, in a few years, there might be another Bolt dominating the track in athletics.
Jamaican sprint legend, Usain Bolt, has revealed that his toddler daughter, Olympia Lightning Bolt, is already showing signs of being a great track athlete.
“I think my daughter, watching her now, I definitely think she’s gonna be a track athlete,” he said during an interview with SportsMax at the 49th staging of the Carifta Games now in its final day at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
“You can see it,” the eight-time Olympic gold medallist said confidently.
“She always walks on her toes, as a sprinter that’s one thing, and she runs everywhere, literally everywhere. And she wants you to chase her, so I see what’s gonna happen in the future,” he said.
However, the father of three young children said he’ll support them in whatever career they choose.
“I would definitely support them. One thing, I’ll always let them know how hard it is and know how much dedication and sacrifice they have to do, but anything they do I’ll definitely support them,” he said when asked if he would encourage them to get into track and field.
Bolt, who is often hailed as the greatest sprinter of all time, enjoyed a record-breaking career before retiring from the sport in 2017. Some of those high points took place at the Carifta Games.
In 2003, he was presented with the Austin Sealy Award, designating him the Top Athlete of the Games after his record performances of 20.43s in the 200m and 46.35s in the 400m.
He was also a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team, which won in a record of 39.43s and of the 4x400m relay team, which won in 3:09.70.
Now retired, Bolt admits that he sometimes misses the thrill of competing, but fatherhood is keeping him occupied, and he’s enjoying retirement.
“I do miss it sometimes when I see the competition, and like when I’m here and I hear the atmosphere and the energy, I do miss competing. But for me, I’ve been enjoying retirement. I have three kids now, so they have kept me busy and, as you say, a lot of investment. So I’m still working; I’m trying to enjoy it as much as possible,” he said.