Earbender Sports Personality of the Year 2008: Usain Bolt

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Usain Bolt of Jamaica is our (obvious) choice for this year’s Earbender Sports Personality of the Year. I first heard about him when “Lightning” Bolt he set a new world record on Randall’s Island in the Spring, anticipating his success at the Olympics. In Beijing, Usain Bolt won 4 Gold medals in track, between sprints and relays.

Bolt set two new records in humankind’s oldest sport, running (maybe fighting came first?). In the 100m dash, he won with a shoelace untied, celebrated before the race was done and performed a great victory dance. I’m proud of PUMA Running for using those images and endorsing the man.

That’s not as many wins as Michael Phelps but I couldn’t care less. Shall we compare the resources/facilities of the athletes during their training? The Jamaican team came away with several other gold medals including Shelly-Ann Fraser’s for the Women’s 100m. In naming Usain Bolt, earbender’s Sports Personality of the Year, I am also recognizing the rest of the team and their success. We can all be inspired by their hard work and achievements. They represent the national personality of Jamaica in their determination to succeed and the quality of their work.

Usain Bolt has also been named the International Association of Athletics Federations’ Male Athlete of the Year, which has only been awarded to a Caribbean person a few times in its long history, according to the Observer.

Sports Illustrated published this sweet article celebrating Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser recently.

The Earbender Sports Personality of the Year is chosen based on the following criteria: achievement in the face of adversity, promotion of diversity and breaking the rules a bit. Previous recipients include Ozzie Guillen (2005), Drew Brees (2006) and Lewis Hamilton (2007).

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