I Try to Stay Away- Olympic Legend Usain Bolt Explains Why He Shunned Out Social Media as an Athlete

Published 11/21/2021, 7:11 AM EST
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 19: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)


8 time Olympic Gold Medalist Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world. There is hardly an athlete who has come close to beating him, with his 9.58-second record still unbroken.

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It is no surprise that Bolt has thousands of fans worldwide who look forward to his performances. Social media is filled with netizens, who constantly want to stay updated on Usain Bolt’s life. Though he may have retired, Bolt still is known for his outgoing and vibrant personality.

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However, recently Usain Bolt has revealed that he likes to stay away from social media and believes it is toxic and really affects the mind of an athlete.

Bolt believes in staying away from social media

Usain Bolt recently said in an interview that social media really had a bad effect on his career and that now he prefers to stay away from it.

BEIJING, CHINA – AUGUST 27: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the Men’s 200 metres final during day six of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

When he was younger, Bolt’s only goal was to make his country proud and give his best. Whenever he was getting injured, social media would take a toll on his mental health.

People would comment things like his career was over and he was not going to make it. All this negativity really took a toll on Bolt’s health.

“I was doing well but the transition to professional, it kind of broke up because I started getting injured … then online and people would see you and say, ‘Oh, you’re not going to make it anymore. You’re done. That’s it.’” Bolt said.

Whenever athletes get injured, people take no time to say things like that they will not be able to get up again. It’s obvious how these comments can really demotivate the athlete.

Usain Bolt does not read articles

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He also makes it a point to stay from articles, because they really affect the mental health of the sportsperson.

“I just stay away from social media — I stay away from all the articles. You’ll hear stuff here and there, but I try to stay away as much as possible,” said Usain Bolt.

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Even though Bolt is loved by fans worldwide, he stays away from social media, making it a point to maintain a balance between his personal life and the one which his fans know about.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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