The IOC was not happy with the way that Usain Bolt reacted after he won the 100m race. Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, had this to say about Bolt's celebration:
"That’s not the way we perceive being a champion. I have no problem with him doing a show. I think he should show more respect for his competitors and shake hands, give a tap on the shoulder to the other ones immediately after the finish and not make gestures like the one he made.”
No one can deny that, other than maybe Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt has been the greatest athlete to watch at these Olympics. He's set three new records, won gold in all three track events, and is the first person to do so since Carl Lewis back in 1984.
The amazing thing is that he just turned 22 on Thursday. He still has years left to improve. Although, I don't know how you can improve on this.
For those of you who haven't watched the Olympics for some reason, Usain Bolt of Jamaica set new world records for the 100m event, the 200m event, and the 4x100 relay.
One of the main attributes that Bolt has is that he can draw people in with his performance. While Michael Phelps may be quiet mannered, Bolt is outgoing. His trademark arm gesture adds flare to the already talented performer/athlete.
He's the kind of guy who can talk big about himself and then back it up with his performance. Yet, he's also a guy who can work within a team. He showed that when he and Asafa Powell helped Jamaica win the 4x100 relay, and set a new record.
Dr. Herb Elliot, a Jamaican team official, said of him: "A runner like Usain Bolt comes along once every 100 years."
When Rogge first made his remarks, Bolt was not the first one to answer him. Instead, it was his fellow Jamaican, Asafa Powell, "Usain does his thing and he is not talking anyone down. Why criticize him for doing his thing? When the United States did it for years and years, no one said a thing.”
Bolt himself said that he had talked with Powell, and they both knew that they could set a new record together. He said, "It was a great thing. We stuck together all the way. We talked about it and I asked Asafa if we could do this (break the world record). After speaking to him, I had no doubt in my mind.”
With his trademark gestures, Bolt has brought liveliness to the Olympics. In my opinion, that's a relief from all the controversial crap that's been happening. At last there's an athlete that knows how to have a good time.
However, there's always someone who doesn't appreciate it. And that person is Rogge, the IOC president.
When asked about Rogge's idiotic remarks, Bolt had the perfect answer:
"To me, I am a performer. I came here to perform and to help people enjoy themselves. If you don’t enjoy your job, then it makes no sense. I will not change. I will always be myself. That is my personality. It is just me having fun. The crowd looks forward to seeing me coming out. I just like to make people happy. They pay money to come and see a show.”
A perfect answer from the greatest track star in recent years. In my mind, Usain Bolt is the ultimate athlete. He can talk big, yet he has the skill to back it up, and he knows how to give people a good time.
He'll definitely be remembered for a long time as one of the greats, regardless of what the IOC thinks.