Usain Bolt: Jamaican Sprinter Wins Gold with ease, class and hearts with a smile
Getty Images photographer Cameron Spencer clicked what I feel is one of the greatest moments in sports history.
Fame is ephemeral or transitory, because there is always someone who does the same thing, or for that matter, something new or way exceptional much better and in the most unexpected way and this keeps happening through passage of time!
The concept of “Impossible” is constantly questioned, redefined and even toyed with in the wake of great historic moments.
Such was a moment when Cameron Spencer of Getty Images clicked the above picture.
Usain Bolt is no doubt a legend, someone who is loved across the globe, a class act and with this iconic picture and moment, his smile cherished by people all over the world and this picture has easily been imprinted in the hearts of fans all over the world as the Picture of the Olympics!
Bolt’s 9.86 time was the fastest of the season.
But so much gold has been won at the Olympics and so many cheers and glorious moments experienced!
So what makes Usain Bolt go down in history as one of the greatest of all times.
I feel, it’s just one simple thing:
Usain Bolt really loves doing what he does and which is why he does it with so much ease, he lives in that very moment and stands a class apart as he delivers consistently!
Of course, the dedication, training, state-of-the-art focus and attention to develop every muscle, diet, discipline, speed etc but when all of that is coupled with a joyous heart that knows how to LIVE and relish that very moment, a legend is born!
Imagine the pressure, the pain that these athletes must be going through at that very moment at the Olympics.
Their years of training, sacrifice, focus and all of it comes boiling down to the final few seconds to redefine “who they are”.
At such a stressful moment, when an athlete turns around to look at his competitors, grins, then looks at the camera in a jiffy to even share a smile, wow, that is what makes one a LEGEND!
As you watch the pictures, you can tell that he is really having fun out there.
This truly epic moment from Usain Bolt reminded me of STEVE JOBS following three quotes:
- Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it ~ Steve Jobs
- Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future ~Steve Jobs
- Stay hungry, stay foolish ~ Steve Jobs
Hearty congratulations for athletes across the world from so many countries who have won accolades, who represented their country with pride and of course, those who won Olympic medals, hats-off to all of you. You are all truly inspiring!
At the same time, being an Indian, I was of course cheering for INDIA throughout and we saw some unbelievably inspiring athletes who have without a doubt changed the perception of Olympics participation, Sports forever and won over billions of hearts of Indians in a country which is focused just on cricket for decades!
To name a few, Dipa Karmakar, Lalita Babar, P. V. Sindhu, Vikas Krishan Yadav, Srikanth Kidambi, Seema Punia, Deepika Kumari, Dutee Chand and so many of them….. truly inspiring.
Thankful to them for creating history in Olympics in their own wonderfully beautiful way and it was with great pride that I watched few of these moments with joy as the Indian Flag (Tiranga) was flying high with the rest of the world. THANK YOU!
For me, when I say the name of the greatest sportsman, inadvertently, Sachin Tendulkar is the first name that pops out. But from now on, thanks to the lists above, there are so many more who have been added.
Some fabulous posts and articles on the legendary USAIN BOLT about the iconic picture:
You can read the articles which discussed:
- Meet the photographer who took the iconic photo of Usain Bolt smiling
- TIME: Usain Bolt Rio 2016 Olympics
— Cameron Spencer (@cjspencois) August 15, 2016
The iconic picture was clicked by https://twitter.com/cjspencois Getty Images photographer Cameron Spencer
What was your reaction when you saw this amazing picture? Do share your views, would love to hear from you.