Jamaican sporting icon Usain Bolt ponders what lies ahead as he rounds the final curve of an illustrious track and field career
Usain Bolt has captivated audiences and entertained fans unlike any other athlete in the history of athletics, but now the Jamaican sprinter will soon be hanging up his running spikes.
Bolt has declared that the IAAF World Championships in London this August will be his last official competition. However, he hints that there still could be another event or two on the cards after the Championships.
So what exactly is next for the multiple Olympic gold medallist and 100- and 200-metre world record-holder as he transitions to life after sport? It would seem that the fastest man in the world has the privilege of choosing among numerous options as he moves into his post-athletic career.
Bolt, 30, says he remains undecided as to which career path he’ll take, and uncertain as to what life after competition entails.
“I really haven’t put a lot of thought into what exactly I want to get into after I retire,” Bolt says. “I just want to do what I have to do, then retire and take a vacation. Personally, I’m just focused on getting through the season.”
However, Bolt admitted that he is looking forward to the challenge of training with Borussia Dortmund – the German football team that last year offered the Jamaican the chance to join their squad’s sessions.
“I think that will be the moment that will decide what I do with my career,” he says. “If I do well, then I can say let’s try; and if I don’t, I won’t say anything and just go quietly.”
Bolt also says he has no doubts about retirement.
“I don’t think so – it’s just been a great career,” says the Jamaican about his 16-year international athletics career. “I’ve really enjoyed the ups and downs, all the experiences I’ve gathered, all that I’ve been through, happiness and sadness. It’s just been a wonderful career.”
The four-time Olympian and fan favourite is clear and quick to point out what he will miss most about competing.
“I think mainly competition – I enjoy competing,” Bolt says. “Especially if I see a youngster step up running fast times. I think I’ll miss that I could have had a chance to compete against this person.
Visit the IOC Athlete Career Programme’s online resources on Education, Life Skills and Employment at https://www.olympic.org/athlete-career-programme.