Olympic standout Usain Bolt has done it again: the 25-year-old Jamaican spitfire racked up the second-fastest time in history (9.63 seconds) in the 100 meters in front of 80,000 fans in London Sunday, and looks to do more damage when he lines up for the 200 Tuesday.
Now, we’re taking a closer look at the “World’s Fastest Man,” whose individuality separates him from the pack.
7. Kick Start: The running sensation is a huge soccer fan, with his favorite team being Manchester United. Bolt, during an appearance at the 2011 UEFA Champions League final in London, said he’d enjoy playing for the team when his track and field career concludes.
6. He’s made royal connections: Prince Harry met with Bolt during the prince’s four-day visit to Jamaica this past March. At the meeting, the two spoke with kids and the athlete presented the royal with a gift pack of autographed items.
5. Against All Odds: The athletic wunderkind was born with scoliosis, a condition that causes spinal curvature on both sides, and has sidelined him frequently in his career. Bolt has a masseuse travel on the road with him at all times, and is gets checked by a specialist two or three times annually.
4. He’s good with his feet in more than one way: Bolt is a big fan of dancing, as he enjoys cutting a step in his native Jamaica. Bolt said he frequently checks YouTube to stay current on all the trendy moves, and will watch himself dance in front of a mirror before doing the dance in public.
3. He’s almost at a million: As of Monday, the fleet-footed runner had more than 990,000 Twitter followers; with the widespread exposure he’s had from another successful Olympic run, he’s sure to hit the milestone shortly.
2. He can spin: Bolt has plied his craft as a DJ with a sets in locales like France, Germany and his native Jamaica. Prior to his introduction in London, he made gestures as if he were wearing headphones and spinning records.
1. Dominating At Each Stop: Bolt has captured world championships at the youth, junior, and senior levels in his sport, making him one of only eight athletes to do so.