Netflix has a documentary on Usain Bolt (wiki). Most of the documentary seemed to have been filmed between 2015 and 2016 including the 2016 Rio Olympics with footage from the past interspersed to continue the narrative. Briefly covering his rise as a junior sprinter to representing Jamaica at the three different Olympics, the documentary talks about Bolt’s legacy not only as a 3 time consecutive Olympic gold medalist in the Men’s 100m sprint. But also the Men’s 200m and 4x100m Men’s relay. This particular feat has never been done before until Bolt.
Listening to how he approaches his sport is pretty fascinating. The documentary describes his support team as a triangle and how each corner of the team is contributes to ensuring Bolt’s optimal performance during competition. The amount of training his coach puts him through is pretty intense. Having to full sprint AND drag a sled 50m AND within a time limit is crazy. Nothing was off limits in the documentary. I was pretty glad that the show talked about Bolt’s motivation and psychology during his training period leading up to the 2016 Olympics. I can imagine after winning in 2008 and then defending his Men’s 100m sprint in 2012… what more can he prove? I think the show makes an important point that with athlete’s at Bolt’s caliber, the motivation to succeed turns to an internal motivation of “to be among the greats.” Because at his level, he’s already succeeded many times.
I think this is a great documentary about one of the greatest athletes today.