On the last day, God created Bolt.
Man, did Beijing ever need Usain. After all the spoon-feeding, media-whoring, brainwashing, and forceful exposure of Michael Phelps, we finally get a gift from the heavens.
A 22-year-old phenom from Jamaica. Was I the only one who didn't see this force coming?
Sure, I heard his name whispered months ago after he ran 9.72, but the media outlets in North America certainly were not shoving it down our throats. (Hence the Phelps picture for this article—there were no Bolt pics!)
Remember all the arguments floating around last week about "our kids wanting to be like Phelps when they grow up"? I think Mr. Bolt has directed all the focus of that question to him.
And he has most definitely made the answer to it an easy one.
Even the capacity crowd of 91,000 (majority Chinese) erupted in thunderous applause when Bolt was announced prior the the race. Yes, the same audience who rarely acknowledged anyone but their Chinese athletes. This man is special.
Now I am in no way, shape, or form taking anything away from Michael Phelps. What he has done during these games is equally as spectacular and unthinkable, yet he does lack something that Bolt definitely has.
The one thing Usain Bolt has that Phelps doesn't is pure, natural swagger. The kind of swagger that embodied the likes of Ali and Michael Jordan.
I've heard commentators here and there complain about how it's ungentlemanly and too cocky. Listen folks, this man just DEMOLISHED two of the most coveted world records in Olympic history. I don't know about you, but when I think of the Olympics, the first thing I think about is track and field. Certainly not swimming.
And what has more importance and significance? The world's fastest swimmer or the world's fastest man? It's all in the words—Swimmer vs. Man. It may sound a bit immature, but it's the truth.
One thing's for sure—Puma made a genius move in securing Bolt before Nike could get their hands on him. He's the hottest commodity in the market as we speak.
This begs the question, will we be spoon-fed and covered in Boltmania á la Michael Phelps in London 2012?
If so, I'm all for it. He is a new breed of athlete.
And I'm lovin' it!