Last Friday night, devout Catholic Usain Bolt led the Jamaican team to gold in the 4 X 100-m relay. The fastest man in the world has already won gold in the 100-meter and 200-meter finals at the Rio Olympics. He makes Olympic history after winning an Olympic gold for three consecutive times for two different events.
Nicknamed “Lightning Bolt,” he is known for making the sign of the cross before he races. Hollow Verse describes him as a “Bible-believing, God-honoring, and Jesus-worshiping Christian.” His middle name, St. Leo, was given to him in honor of one of Catholic Church’s earliest Popes.
Bolt may not be vocal about his faith but an occasional post in social media shows how he is deeply rooted with his faith. On Twitter, he declared, “With God anything is possible… I demolish training today #thankuGod.” On Facebook, he posted “Thanks for all the support my peeps #blessed” after his triple-triple feat.
The Vatican has invited Bolt to speak at a conference on global religious liberty through the popular TED (technology, entertainment and design) program.
Bolt founded the Usain Bolt Foundation to create opportunities through education and cultural development for a positive change in youths.
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