Usain Bolt Reveals The Inspiring Words His Parents Told Him Before Becoming An Olympic Legend

Published 09/13/2021, 2:58 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after competing in the Men’s 4×100 Metres Relay heats during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)


Usain Bolt, the GOAT of track and field recently shared heartwarming words that his parents said to him before he became a star athlete. The 35-year-old Jamaican is the world record holder in 100m, 200m as well as 4x100m relay. Having won 8 Olympic medals and 14 World Championships, the former athlete has indeed done justice to his nickname, “Lightning Bolt”.

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Every successful athlete has a story to tell. For Usain Bolt, his pillar of support throughout has been his parents. Interestingly, he once had to sprint home from school to collect his forgotten lunch and by 10, he could beat his mother in a race. After two years, his parents knew for sure that they had given birth to an incredible athlete.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 20: Gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 4 x 100-meter Relay on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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What did Usain Bolt’s parents say to him?

Recalling some of the childhood memories, his mother, Jennifer Bolt said, “At the age of 12, being in primary school, he started to compete in school sports and he was always on top and he was always beating his classmates. From then, we noticed he would be a great athlete.

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Owing to it all to his parents, Bolt expressed his gratitude via a tweet. There, he mentioned what his parent said to him before he reached the zenith of his career. The legend said, “From a early age they always say to me, ‘Son let nobody put you in a box, work hard and live your dreams’.”

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Usain Bolt’s Twitter account has a bio that reads, “Anything is possible I don’t think limits“. His humility and personality are an inspiration to every aspiring athlete.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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