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    Gert Scholtz

    20/08/2016
    The Great Jamaican Sprinters
    The Great Jamaican SprintersI was watching in awe as the Jamaican men’s team won Olympic gold for the 100m relay the third consecutive time. What struck me most was their playful jigging and dancing in front of the crowds as the made their victory lap. What makes them so...
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    Nick Mlatchkov
    29/09/2016 #21 Anonymous
    “The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that's where it's at.”
    —Jesse Owens
    Nick Mlatchkov
    29/09/2016 #20 Anonymous
    'Then there is Usain Bolt, arguably the greatest athlete ever'
    Gert, u forget Jesse Owens who won quite a few (4) Gold medals at the 1936 Games in Berlin, right in front of Hitler's eyes ....
    https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjU_dCakrTPAhVmzoMKHeTBAUAQFgg3MAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.biography.com%2Fpeople%2Fjesse-owens-9431142&usg=AFQjCNEs_JRibXLozH7Emz16x9-9r-zDEQ
    Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    23/08/2016 #19 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    The best team!!!
    Trudy Dyer
    23/08/2016 #18 Trudy Dyer
    WoW! excellent article @gert-scholtz . Thanks for sharing :)

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. As a Jamaican and former sprinter reading this gave me butterflies and a dose of nostalgia as this piece has so eloquently captured some of the elements of the celebration of track and field in Jamaica.

    This phenomenon is something that people (non-Jamaicans) ask me about all the time, and I get overwhelmed with pride as I try to explain that it is our national sport and as @cityvp has stated, is definitely built into our psyche as we start training and competing from around grade 1 for our schools Sports Day, and then National "Champs". For a Jamaican track & field athlete, especially sprinters, nothing in life is more exhilerating, nerve racking, defining, than running and competing in the National Stadium. I don't know if words can truly and adequately describe this feeling.

    Needless to say I am now going through Olympics withdrawal.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    23/08/2016 #16 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #15 I like both :)
    Gert Scholtz
    23/08/2016 #15 Gert Scholtz
    #14 @Dean Owen On Olympic Medals Lewis is one ahead of Bolt. But I would still give Bolt the edge for being the fastest ever by such a margin. A close contest....
    Dean Owen
    23/08/2016 #14 Dean Owen
    #12 Greater than Carl Lewis? debatable....
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    21/08/2016 #13 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    It is interesting that the cultural fabric of American sport is to identify with your college football team and the cultural fabric of Jamaican sport is the celebration of track. I saw a documentary about Usain Bolt as a school kid and I was blown away by the sheer intensity and fervour of the crowd - it was not like a football college game where the identity of the town was more central, it was a cauldron of passion, and we do see the outputs of that passion in the way Jamaicans run. It is not just biology but something burned into the psyche and yes Jamacians know how to celebrate.

    The irony is that when I lived in England, and both Indians and Jamaicans shared the same pathways to immigration, the Jamaicans were seen as laid back and cool, more associated with the hammock and smoking gunga, with expressions such as "take it real slow man" as well as the meaning of rasta and being utterly laid back. Now we see the paradox of both, the passionate and the laid back. The more one learns about Jamaica the more interesting it is as a complex culture

    Somewhere in the middle is the story of Cool Runnings - the first Jamacian Bob Sleigh team https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpdg5XOZZDY
    Gert Scholtz
    21/08/2016 #12 Gert Scholtz
    #11 @Donna-Luisa Eversley Personally I think Bolt is the greatest athlete ever. Winning by the margins that he does and doing so for the last decade is unique. Few athletes have had his charisma. Thanks for reading and sharing Donna-Luisa.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    21/08/2016 #11 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    I think Using Bolt is the best athlete in the world overall in my opinion. He has the character, drive, endurance, commitment and of course the consistency of legendary greats like Muhammed Ali....Gert @Gert Scholtz View more
    I think Using Bolt is the best athlete in the world overall in my opinion. He has the character, drive, endurance, commitment and of course the consistency of legendary greats like Muhammed Ali....Gert @Gert Scholtz
    Great article....Jamaicans are great runners and quite fast based on the games they grow up playing , food and culture I think. Close
    Darryl John
    21/08/2016 #10 Darryl John
    Thats really funny when their culture , music and service is so laid back😊
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    21/08/2016 #9 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #8 Jamaicans are the fastest humans on the earth!!!
    Gert Scholtz
    21/08/2016 #8 Gert Scholtz
    The Jamaican Sprinters ended the Olympics with a total of 10 medals - that is one third of all the medals in the sprinting events. What a Nation!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    20/08/2016 #7 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #6 Now when I think 'sportsman' I think less strenuous efforts like golf or hunting or polo (think I'll get flack for that from Prince Charles! hehe)
    Gert Scholtz
    20/08/2016 #6 Gert Scholtz
    #4 @Pamela 🐝 Williams You difference is given :) Here we refer to a track and field contestant as an athlete. For others we use the more encompassing term sportsman. The greatest ever sportsman? Phelps most probably. Actually, most definitely. Thank you Pamela.
    Vincent Andrew
    20/08/2016 #5 Vincent Andrew
    Simply amazing performance by the Jamaicans! The press has run out of superlatives for Usain Bolt. Triple gold in three Olympics! I don't think we will ever see such a charismatic figure like him again. Thanks @Gert Scholtz View more
    Simply amazing performance by the Jamaicans! The press has run out of superlatives for Usain Bolt. Triple gold in three Olympics! I don't think we will ever see such a charismatic figure like him again. Thanks @Gert Scholtz. Close
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    20/08/2016 #4 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I watched the qualifying for the 100m and like you was in awe of the power of Bolt. It was obvious he wasn't putting in all his effort for the qualifier, he just needed to place in the top 2. Unfortunately I missed the actual final. I would beg to differ on the greatest athlete though, I think Phelps would give him a 'run' for his money :-). Had to plug America's star! LOL
    Gert Scholtz
    20/08/2016 #3 Gert Scholtz
    @Javier 🐝 beBee Thank you for sharing Javier. Ya-maan! @Pascal Derrien A perfect encapsulation of the post.
    Erroll -EL- Warner
    20/08/2016 #2 Erroll -EL- Warner
    One love maan!!.
    Pascal Derrien
    20/08/2016 #1 Pascal Derrien
    Probably due that they also personify the joy of running not the noise about running.. :-)
  2. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    16/08/2016
    The poster boy for self confidence. Somebody needs to write a book about this guy. He walks the talk. And has for the last decade. Jim Murray
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    Javier 🐝 beBee
    17/08/2016 #3 Javier 🐝 beBee
    self confidence in pure state !!!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    17/08/2016 #2 Javier 🐝 beBee
    this picture is amazing ! I love it so much !!!! thanks @Jim Murray for sharing it !
    Ben Pinto
    17/08/2016 #1 Ben Pinto
    ...and the guy in the BEE suit is pretty good, too.
  3. Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    Usain Bolt Tricampeón Olímpico.
    Usain Bolt / Tricampeón Olímpico en los 100 metros
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    Javier 🐝 beBee
    16/08/2016 #1 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Impresionante Bolt !
    amazing !!!
  4. Michael Jones

    Michael Jones

    07/03/2016
    Pro athletes who died young
    Michael Jones
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