If anyone knows how to win the battle against time, it’s Usain Bolt (Jamaica, 1986). The fastest man in history retired in 2016 after winning nine Olympic gold medals and breaking almost every record, but he still ranks first. His image as a leader deceives you, his confidence is astounding, and the satisfaction and joy his success leaves him manages to infect you. He was relatable, funny and very appreciative. He works hard, even though he knows life is smiling on him. Now, he smiles back. He did so in Ibiza, where he traveled with Swiss watchmaker Hublot, for which he has been an ambassador for nearly a decade, showcasing new timepieces. Big Bang Unico sky blue, An exclusive model with only 200 units produced. It was an absolutely logical collaboration, because if there is one thing that has left a profound mark on his life, it is without a doubt time. “That’s what I’ve been all about my whole career. Now I just see it out of the corner of my eye (laugh)
What do you devote your time to?
In my family, that’s the most important thing to me. On the work side, I work with a lot of sponsors and make music.
You’re also a DJ, right?
Yes, though right now, most importantly, I’m giving birth. I have a disk, country jute, I recently released a single eternal. I hope to release a new album in 2024.
Why did you decide to retire?
I achieved everything I wanted to do. I love what I do, but I no longer have the motivation. I achieved my goal and I’m happy.
Are you afraid of someone surpassing your performance?
I want the new generation to be wonderful. My main challenge was to win three Olympics in a row, which I did. I love being the fastest man in the world, but I understand that records are meant to be broken.
You have three children, are any of them interested in sports?
I hope someone can do it (laugh). While I will support whatever they decide because I’ve seen so many superstars force their kids to follow in their footsteps, it just doesn’t work. I let them know they can do whatever they want.
When did you start running?
It was at school, when he was ten years old. I played cricket and tried athletics. Little by little, I improved my time. I saw he had talent.
Despite your success, why did you decide to stay in Jamaica?
Because I am my mother’s son (laugh). I’m an only child and we’re very close and I don’t want to move too far away. The second reason is that I hate the cold. The climate seems to be worse in almost every country I’ve been to. I love my country and its people. I wouldn’t change them for anything.
Do you miss the track?
I miss playing but not training (laugh).
What’s the secret to becoming the fastest man in the world?
Hard work, determination and sacrifice. I want to be the best and I give everything to achieve it.
How have you dealt with insecurities and bad moments throughout your athletic career?
I learned early on to prioritize myself. I started when I was very young. I come from a rural area with a humble background, and I want to do good things for my motherland. If I fail, I feel like people are putting pressure on me. So I changed my attitude. I started to think that whether I won or lost, I did it and it was all my doing. The thing is I always wanted to be good, to be the best.If I lose I feel bad and when I win I feel good (laugh).
How do you take care of your mental health?
I never read anything about myself. If I post a photo, I don’t read the comments because there will always be something negative. I’d rather stay out of it.
Are you considering training others?
At first I refused because I was impatient. But I’ve learned to develop it with my kids, so now I don’t rule it out.