Usain Bolt on life in the fast lane
David Walliams talks to Usain Bolt
Friday 23 March 2012
DAVID WALLIAMS: How are you feeling about the Olympics?
USAIN BOLT: I am feeling good, training hard and looking forward to August in London.
DW: How's the training going?
UB: Training is going well. The hard winter work has been done and now we are starting the faster work to get ready for the track season.
DW: When did you first realise you were so fast, and how fast do you think you can ultimately run?
UB: I first realised I was fast at school. I used to play cricket and my cricket teacher saw that I had good speed and advised me to sprint. I was winning races from the start of my career. My personal best for 100m is 9.58 secs. I hope to improve this time but I don't know how fast it will be.
DW: How careful are you being at the moment about looking after yourself?
UB: I try to eat a healthy diet when I am at home in Jamaica and in training. When I am abroad I tend to eat whatever is available and sometimes this includes fast food. I am fortunate that I don't put on weight and can get away with a few treats.
DW: What is your favourite type of chocolate?
UB: I don't eat much chocolate – I prefer Skittles and Pringles.
DW: What is your ritual before a race?
UB: I don't have a ritual like some other athletes. I usually try to entertain the fans to get the energy up in the stadium.
DW: What is your biggest fear?
UB: Deep water.
DW: What do you think about when you race?
UB: There isn't much time to think in nine seconds but I try to focus on whatever my coach has told me to work on.
DW: How did you adjust to suddenly being the most famous man on earth?
UB: I try to make the most of it as I have had many great opportunities to meet people and travel to new places. I have a good team of people around me to keep my feet on the ground.
DW: What sport are you worst at?
UB: I'd have to say synchronised swimming.
DW: What do you dream of?
UB: Being an Olympic legend and living in my big dream house in Jamaica.
DW: If you had a cat, what would you call it?
UB: I have a cat – well, it's actually a cheetah. It is in Kenya.
DW: What are your best and worst Olympic memories?
UB: My best Olympic memory is having 100,000 people singing happy birthday to me in English in Beijing. My worst is when I was injured in the 2004 Olympics and unable to run properly.
DW: Do you think that sport can make a difference to people's lives? What would you have done if you hadn't been good at running?
UB: Sport can make a massive difference to people's lives. It has given me some great experiences in life which I will remember for ever. If I hadn't been an athlete I would be playing another sport – maybe football or cricket.
DW: What are your other passions?
UB: I like music, cars, football and other sports. When I'm not training or racing I play Playstation (Call of Duty at the moment), watch movies, watch sport or hang out with friends.
DW: What role does music play in your life? And do you have a favourite Britney Spears song?
UB: I like a lot of music but I have to be honest in that I don't have any Britney Spearson my playlist. I am more of a reggae, dancehall, R&B-type person.
DW: What advice would you give to people who don't currently do sport but are thinking of giving it a try?
UB: Give it a try – it will improve health and fitness and make you happy. Find some friends to play or train with and have fun.
DW: Have you ever heard of the British comedian David Walliams?
UB: Is he that famous swimmer who tried to drink the river Thames?
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