Jamaica Observer:– DIGICEL’s Chief Speed Officer Usain Bolt last week took a trip to Bermuda, the place where his record-breaking career started.
The 2004 Carifta Games at Bermuda National Stadium is where Bolt set his first world record with a time of 19.93 seconds in the Men’s Under-20 200m race, a recent release from Digicel said.
Despite a packed itinerary, Bolt ensured he took time out to revisit the stadium where it all began and talk with some of Bermuda’s young track and field athletes.
According to the release, in a question-and-answer session with the children, Bolt responded to questions ranging from how he felt about the lifelong competition with United States sprinter Justin Gatlin to what advice he had to offer the underdog in a competition.
Bolt also responded to a question from Zoe Hasselkuss of Somersfield Academy about why he started running.
“I really started running over a box lunch — it’s a lunch you have at school in Jamaica. It was sports day and they said to me, if you run and win, I’ll get you a box lunch. And for me, as a kid, that was a big deal, so that’s how I really got started in running,“ he recounted.
Having moved from being bribed by box lunches to being motivated by medals, Bolt also offered some speed tips and words of inspiration to the students, the release said.
“I love to win; it’s what I do. So I always want to be the best, and to be the best you have to be on top. I just reminded myself what I wanted and what my goal was, and that’s what kept me going throughout every season,” Bolt is quoted as saying.
Still on duty as chief speed officer, Digicel said after spending the morning with the young athletes, Bolt did the rounds to make sure customers were getting lightning -ast service. The release said he visited the Digicel head office, made some quality assurance checks on the Fibre-to-the-Home Network and did a surprise installation with Digicel fibre customer Simon Argent. Argent was also presented with Usain Bolt-signed PUMA merchandise.