interview with Usain Bolt!

With the London 2012 Olympic Games on the horizon and Puma launching their new evoSPEED collection, caught up (well…tried to) with Usain Bolt for a quick (what else?!) chat.

How are you feeling about your form and condition so far this season?

I am feeling good. My preparations through the winter have been very good, and in Kingston
a few weeks ago I had my best 100m start ever. For me it was definitely a good start into the
new season. I am confident that I can achieve the goals I have set myself for this year, I am
working hard and looking forward to the Golden Spike in Ostrava later this week, the Rome
Diamond League meet next week and the Oslo Diamond League meet the week after.

What would be a good result for you in Ostrava?

I will try to work on the things that Coach Mills has been telling me to focus on. I will be happy
if I execute the race well. I love running in Ostrava as the crowd also give me good energy. I
hope to put on a good performance for them.

What are your hopes for the Olympic Games 2012?

I am going to London to defend my Olympic titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m. It’s as
simple as that.

Where do you see room for yourself to improve?

At the moment it is still early season and I am still working to get into even greater the shape
than 2008 and 2009. It has started well and my coach Glen Mills and I continue to work on
perfecting little things here and there. For me once I execute well I will always run fast.

What is the best thing about the Olympic Games?

The Olympic Games is the biggest sporting event and the whole world will be watching. A lot of people
watch the World T&F Championships but the Olympics is at a whole new level. I want to be
a legend in sport and winning more gold medals in London will make me a legend. London is
a great city and the atmosphere should be amazing. Also, lots of people from Jamaica will be
there to watch, there is a big Jamaican community in London, which makes it really big for me
as well.

Do you have any superstitions or routines? Is there anything you always do before
each race?

I don’t really believe in superstitions. I believe in hard work, talent and discipline that lead to
success. But I do have some routines, just because they help me to stay focused and not get
distracted before a race. I usually try to be myself, have fun and stay relaxed.

Speaking of shoes- You will be running all competitions this year in the PUMA
evoSPEED Sprint LTD. What is your opinion of this shoe?

Wearing the right spike during a competition is extremely important. The evoSPEED spike has a
really good fit, they are so comfortable to wear and it is so light – it almost feels like you’re not
wearing a shoe. All these things make it easy to get up to high speed in a very short time.

Earlier this year you got to meet Prince Harry. How much of an honour was this to you?

Meeting Prince Harry was a great experience. Of course it is an absolute honour for an athlete to
get the chance to meet someone of the royal family. Harry was very down-to-earth and a fun
guy. Maybe I will get to meet him again in London – he said he would come to the after party.

What are your initial thoughts of the new evoSPEED collection and how do you think Usain Bolt will get on at the London 2012 Olympic Games? Let us know via the comments section below or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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