Track and Feel: Usain’s New Game(s)

Words by Jesse Serwer

Track careers are short lived. Runners peak in their early 20s. By age 30, things are pretty much a wrap. Though still at the top of his game, the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt already sees the writing on the wall, and is making other plans. Bolt, who turns 25 next August, said last week that he intends to re-invent himself as a footballer after his sprinting days are done. “I have four more good years in me if I train hard,” he told BBC Radio 5’s Sportsweek program. “I’m definitely a good player – a defensive or attacking midfielder. Somewhere around there.” Meanwhile, Media Takeout is reporting that Bolt has proposed to Jamaican beauty queen Lesa-Gayle Wee Tom, a.k.a. Milan from BET’s College Hill?!?

In any fashion, the man who’s mastered running and dancing and just wrote his first book (He’s already lost his championship medals and dreams of owning a rotating bed) is emerging into a Renaissance man. (He also recently said if he didn’t run so fast, he might’ve ended up a cricketer). This all reminds us of another great athlete who got restless at the peak of his dominance: Michael Jordan, who left basketball to play minor league baseball in Birmingham, Alabama, and toyed with the idea of a professional golf career. Only to come back and win more NBA championships.