Sunday, August 5, 2012

'Lighting' Bolt Not Too Fast For YJI

As we approach the finals of the 100-meter dash at the London Olympics, let's take a look back at Youth Journalism International's coverage of Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who won the title of the world's fastest man at the last Olympics in China...

Kiernan Majerus-Collins/
Usain Bolt, the fastest man at the Beijing Olympics in 2008
Back in 2008, as the Beijing Olympics drew to a close, Youth Journalism International's Tamara Miller wrote with pride about the success of the athletes from his island home of Jamaica. Here's what he had to say: 

The intense Olympic fever is over, but Jamaican citizens are in no way showing signs of becoming anything short of ecstatic.
Usain Bolt, stretching
The phenomenal performance in the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, China by the Jamaican athletes is like a virus that’s infected everyone in the nation.
I was and still am in awe that a tiny island called Jamaica – my home – could captivate the attention of the birds in the nest in Beijing.
Finishing 13th in the medal table out of hundreds of competitors with six Gold, three Silver and two Bronze medals for a total of 11 medals, we as Jamaicans are filled with pride at the remarkable job theses athletes have done to promote our country.
They’ve given Jamaica a brand new name.
Though we congratulate all the athletes whether or not they have earned medals, we especially savor the achievements of Usain Bolt, who brought home three gold medals.
Affectionately called ‘Lightning Bolt,’ the nickname is symbolic of the 22-year old time-stopper’s speed.
Bolt completed the 100m sprint event in a spectacular 9.69 seconds, demolishing his previous world record of 9.72 seconds. Click here for the rest of the story.

The following year, Youth Journalism International's Kiernan Majerus-Collins got a chance, thanks to ESPN, to see Usain Bolt run at the sports network's headquarters in Connecticut. The pictures he took are from that September 2009 event, detailed here.

The world's fastest feet.

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