The Fastest Man Alive: Usain Bolt

The Fastest Man Alive: Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

There are 7.4 billion people in the world. Usain Bolt is faster than all of them.

7.4 billion. That’s an inconceivable number — impossible to envision. Here are some that are easier to wrap our minds around.

9.58 seconds.

41 steps.

100 meters.

On their own, these numbers are simple to understand and even count, but when they come together and play out in front of our eyes — when we watch Usain Bolt cover 100m in 41 steps and 9.58 seconds — 7.4 billion people are left speechless.

Since 2008, Usain Bolt has captivated the entire world, breaking records with an ease that shocks spectators and competitors alike. In August, Bolt will attempt yet another unthinkable feat — a sweep of the 100m, 200m, and 4X100m relay. For the third time in a row. Bolt has dominated the sport so completely, it’s fair to say his only true competition is his previous times. And he knows it.

“I’m always confident,” Bolt said. “When I put in the training, and I know I’ve done the work, my confidence is really up there, because I know I’m prepared, and I know I’m ready to go.”

But with the announcement of his recent grade-one hamstring tear, the world is wondering if Bolt will even be healthy enough to race, let alone win.

For perhaps the first time since the early days of his career, Bolt is entering a major competition with the shadows of doubt hovering over him. And in order to overcome his injury, Bolt will have to rely heavily on what is perhaps his greatest skill of all — racing ridiculously well when it counts.

How will he manage that? By shutting out the noise.

“I’ve learned over the years that the more you think about the race, the more nerves creep in,” he said. “When you have too many nerves, you can make mistakes. I just try to think about anything else but the race, so I can keep my mind free and not get tense or stressed out in any way.”

If Bolt’s trademark confidence is shaken, he’s not showing it. Achieving great things begins with believing they are possible. Bolt’s unwavering belief in his own greatness is what makes the rest of us trust that when he steps into the blocks in August, it will be to deliver yet another unforgettable performance.

And while most of the 7.4 billion people in the world will never come close to reaching Bolt’s speed, he believes that every athlete should approach their sport the same way he does: by attacking it head on.

“No matter who you are, if you go into a race thinking, ‘Oh, I’m going to lose,’ that doesn’t make any sense,” Bolt said. “You have to be confident and say, ‘You know what? I’m going to go out there and do my best. I’m going to do great. I’m going to PR.’ That’s the focus you should always have. Go into a race with confidence and know you’re going to do it, because if you don’t look at it that way, you’re already defeated.”

Can lightning strike three times? Bolt’s answer is a resounding yes.

PUMA Bolt evoSPEED XT – Black/Dark Shadow/Fluorescent Green

PUMA Bolt evoSPEED XT – Black/Dark Shadow/Fluorescent Green

words // Brandon Richard

How do you follow up winning three gold medals in Beijing? Try repeating as champion of each event in London. Michael Phelps is receiving a lot of consideration for the title of greatest Olympian of all-time, and rightfully so, but Usain “Lightning” Bolt’s sheer dominance in the last two Olympic Games has to make him a part of that conversation as well. The most important tool for a world class runner is his or her footwear, and Bolt is shattering record after record in PUMA track & field shoes. In between sprints, he’s preparing in trainers like the Bolt evoSPEED XT.

At just 11.2 ounces, the evoSPEED XT delivers top-of-the-line cushioning, durability and stability. Mesh and synthetic construction provide ultra-lightweight support and comfort on the shoe’s upper. CMEVA enhances impact protection while training, while a forefoot cross-strap makes for a locked-in fit. An extra-tough TPU heel adds durability where needed.

The Bolt edition of the evoSPEED XT sports a black and grey base with Jamaica-inspired fluorescent green detailing on the laces, inner lining, PUMA logos and midsole. Ensuring that you’re getting official Bolt product, his logo and signature are branded across the tongue. A unique tread pattern provides versatile traction on the outsole.

We have the Bolt evoSPEED XT and other Bolt Puma running shoes available for you today.

Available: PUMA Bolt Evospeed XT – Black/Dark Shadow/Fluorescent Green

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PUMA Bolt FAAS 007 LTD – Usain Bolt Track Spikes

PUMA Bolt FAAS 007 LTD – Usain Bolt Track Spikes

words // Brandon Richard

As the world’s fastest man, Jamaican sprinter Usain “Lightning” Bolt needs track spikes equipped to handle a unique degree of speed. The PUMA Bolt FAAS 007 LTD is a direct takedown of Bolt’s personal spikes, featuring the highest quality material selection and a head-turning design. They best serve sprinters in the 100 to 400 meter range.

The PUMA Bolt FAAS 007 LTD is constructed with a microfiber synthetic upper, matching the characteristics of K-leather to provide a secure glove-like fit. Microfiber suede lines the interior for a soft-on-skin feel. Fit and comfort are improved by the implementation of asymmetrical lacing. Below, a Pebax plate combines with a 100% woven carbon fiber forefoot to deliver higher energy return while toeing off. Completing the design is a rubber outsole with eight-spike configuration. These PUMA spikes weigh in at an impressive 5.8 ounces.

Inspired by Bolt’s Kingston heritage, the Bolt FAAS 007 LTD features a Jamaican Classic Green and white colorway. Additionally, there’s Jamaican flag detailing on the tongue fixture and heel. Stop by Eastbay to pick up Usain Bolt’s new track shoes today.

Available: PUMA Bolt FAAS 007 LTD

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Usain Bolt The Future of Multi-Sport Athletes?

Usain Bolt The Future of Multi-Sport Athletes?

words_Nick Engvall

Usain Bolt is the world’s fastest man. Could he soon become the world’s fastest soccer player?

Usain Bolt wants to play soccer after track and field career is over.According to the Associated Press, in a recent radio interview in London the Jamaican sprinter would like to take his shot at football (soccer to us in the States) after his track and field career is over.

Bolt currently holds the World Record in both the men’s 100m with a 9.58-second time and 200m with a 19.19-second time. The 24-year-old, who is commonly referred to as “Lightning Bolt,” says he’d like to play for two years. He sees himself having about four years left on the track and believes that he can lower his 100m world record to a time around 9.4 seconds, which he also believes will be a time that will not be broken by anyone in the future.

Bolt would surely be a threat on the field if he did choose to venture into soccer after his track and field career comes to an end. He says he’d be a good defensive or attacking midfielder.

We’ll have to wait and see if Bolt really decides to take on a second sport down the road, but with his 6-feet-5-inch height and unmatched speed, he would definitely be a difficult match-up for even the best of defenders.