‘Definitely’: Usain Bolt Would Choose a Twitch Streaming Career Over Olympics if He Was a Teen Again

Published 12/17/2021, 9:00 AM EST
BEIJING – AUGUST 20: Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after breaking the world record with a time of 19.30 to win the gold medal in the Men’s 200m Final ahead of Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles Brian Dzingai of Zimbabwe and Shawn Crawford of the United States at the National Stadium during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)


Video games are some of the most incredible creations of mankind. They are an alternative reality that takes people to a parallel universe. Notably, Olympic legend Usain Bolt spoke about the effect those games had on raising his competitive spirit. Despite the absence of physical activity, the desire to win alongside having fun, of course, still very much exists in video games.

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When asked whether he would love to become a Twitch streamer (a popular streaming site for gamers), Bolt had a positive response, courtesy of the site’s fast-growing popularity. Especially during the pandemic, online games and streaming websites witnessed a boost in their user counts.

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Bolt talked about loving video games so much that he even missed training sometimes. Regardless, it helped him to be more competitive on the track, further channelizing his hunger to win. He also spoke about the possibility of becoming a Twitch streamer, if he had the same resources back in the day.

“Probably, probably. I think I was so much into video games when I was younger because sometimes I would skip training to go to the video games store to play video games.”

Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts as he wins the Olympic mens 200m final in a new world record time in the Birds Nest stadium, Beijing on August 20th 2008 in Beijing, China (Photo by Tom Jenkins/Getty Images). An image from the book “In The Moment” published June 2012

“My coach would call my dad and tell him, ‘Listen, he didn’t come to training today,’ and then my dad would be like, ‘Why didn’t you go to training?’ and I had no answer. You know what I mean? So that was just one thing, I know if we had what we have now I would definitely be a gamer, for sure,” said Bolt.

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In recent times, many famous players have started streaming on their site; Devin Booker is one such man on that list. The shooting guard took the league by storm, guiding the Phoenix Suns to the NBA finals last season.

A regular user, Devin, loves to play Warzone on the streaming platform. With 181k followers, Booker’s twitch stream is followed by many. LeBron James’ son Bronny James, UFC legend Max Holloway are some of the other famous entities on the site.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after he wins gold during the Men’s 200m Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The streaming site is turning tides in the gaming industry. Undoubtedly, Bolt’s arrival might take to unprecedented heights. Do you think he will fulfill his dream and become a streamer by 2022?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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