- Producer20/08/2016The 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...
Comments29/09/2016 #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-zDEQ23/08/2016 #18 Trudy DyerWoW! 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.21/08/2016 #13 CityVP 🐝 ManjitIt 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=Jpdg5XOZZDY21/08/2016 #11 Donna-Luisa EversleyI 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 moreI 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. Close20/08/2016 #5 Vincent AndrewSimply 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 moreSimply 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. Close20/08/2016 #4 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI 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
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