Fitting himself for a halo, Bolt diminishes its aura
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 200m final at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Getty Photo / August 10, 2012)
It didn't sound that way when Bolt put himself at the same table as Ali, Jordan, and Pele.
He turned amusing self-aggrandizement into annoying self-apotheosis.
Was that a halo we saw before us?
“I am now a living legend,” Bolt said. “Bask in my glory.”
Don’t misunderstand. To Di World, as Jamaicans say, Bolt is the most compelling personality of the 2012 Olympics, just as he was four years ago in Beijing. He is one of just two foreign athletes – the other is Michael Phelps – to get celebrity treatment from the navel-gazing British media.
Bolt’s achievements have indeed placed him among legendary athletes. No one else has won the 100 and 200 meters at consecutive Olympics.
“I have been saying for the past three years I wanted to become a legend,” Bolt said. “I have done it.”
Doing it was his responsibility. Saying it ad nauseum was not.
A few years back, there was a fur industry ad campaign that used A-plus list celebrities pictured in mink coats as an answer to the question, “What becomes a legend most?”
Usain Bolt doesn’t get the picture.