I started watching the 2012 Olympics with a pretty high opinion of Usain Bolt. I thought he was undoubtedly the fastest man in the world and quite possibly the fastest in history.
I quickly learned, however, that no one thinks quite as highly of Bolt as he does of himself.
Owen Gibson of the Guardian reported that after winning the 200-meter Olympic title, Bolt explained to reporters, “It's what I do. I'm now a legend. I'm also the greatest athlete to live. I am in the same category as Michael Johnson.”
I couldn't love this quote more. It's fun, it's arrogant, and it's just plain ridiculous. I especially love how Bolt casually mentions that he's the greatest athlete ever, as if he's talking about the weather or something.
No one's disputing that Bolt is a legend, but the logical leap from “greatest sprinter to live” to “greatest athlete to live” is a bit much for me.
But the best part of Bolt's claim is that he hadn't even finished all of his events yet. He still was running in the 400-meter relay!
An Olympian calling himself a “living legend,” as well as the greatest athlete of all time before finishing all of his events? That, my friends, is a great gold-medal-winning reaction.