Usain Bolt, the worlds fastest man, and arguably the most recognizable athlete in the world, cemented his legacy as the fastest man of all time in the 2016 Summer Rio Olympics by virtue of becoming the first man to win triple Gold Medals at three consecutive Olympic Games in the 100, 200 meters and 4 x 100 relay.
Before each of his races Bolt, a Catholic, makes the sign of the cross and gently smoothes the Miraculous Medal around his neck.
Usain also bears the middle name of St. Leo the Brave, the Pope who was known for his courage in persuading Attila the Hun to turn back at the gates of the Vatican and then in talking the Vandals out of desecrating Rome.
In August of 2012, in the days following Bolt’s participation in the London Olympics, the Catholic News Agency reported that the “Vatican invited Usain Bolt to address their religious liberty conference.”
He has been known to tweet:
"With God anything is possible… I demolish training today" #thankuGod
Here is a great video about Usain and his family and growing up in his home town of Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica.
Usain was also the executive producer of an excellent Gatorade ad "The Boy Who Learned to Fly":
A great video on how Usain is helping his hometown:
Posted by Coach Jack Heath