Usain Bolt exists in a league of his own. As the fastest person on Earth, the record-breaking sprinter performs near superhuman athletic feats, earning him countless Olympic and World Championship gold medals.
Bolt’s accomplishments are unparalleled, undoubtedly a product of hard work and intense training which just won him a third Olympic 100m gold medal, beating American Justin Gatlin who took second place. If Bolt wins gold in the 200m and 4×100 relay, it’ll be his third successive Olympic treble.
With the 2016 Summer Olympics underway, we spoke to Bolt to discuss Rio, his fantasy 4x100m relay team, and when he’s thinking of retiring.
What’s on your pre-race music playlist?
I don’t listen to music before a race – my coach doesn’t like it, he thinks I might lose my focus and concentration.
How do you like to celebrate after winning a big race or breaking a record?
It all depends on the contest and the time of year. At the end of the season, I normally get some time off training and can go on vacation and enjoy myself.
Do you still eat a lot of junk food and what are your favorite foods?
I try not to eat too much fast food but still go for hot wings occasionally. As I get older, I have to pay more attention to my diet. My favorite food is jerk pork.
Which three non-sporting celebrities would be on your 4x400m relay team?
Rihanna, Beyonce and Nicki Minaj – we may not win, but we would have a lot of fun.
What are you most looking forward to in Rio this summer outside of the Olympic Games?
Unfortunately, I don’t usually get to see much outside the Olympics as I compete almost every day. I have been to Rio a few times and got a tour of the sites. It is a spectacular city.
What can you not live without when traveling?
Who have you been supporting in the Euro and Copa América soccer tournaments this summer?
I always support Argentina. I watched a lot of the European Championships but wasn’t supporting one team. I knew some players in a few of the teams and was just seeing how they played. It was nice for Ronaldo to win with Portugal.
Who did you look up to growing up?
I looked up to Don Quarrie and Michael Johnson when I was younger. They were the best in the 200m which was my main event growing up.
How much longer do you think you’ll be running professionally?
I had thought that I would stop in 2017, but my coach has told me to stop saying that as I may continue into 2018. I’m not thinking about it at the moment.
How will you spend your time once you’ve retired?
I want to stay involved in athletics; I want to encourage kids to take part and try to grow the sport.