Usain Bolt talks about his soccer career, endorsements and more in a Q&A with ESPN
Writer : Caribbean E-Magazine on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | 10:53 AM
Olympic gold medallist Usain Boltis looking to update his
resume in becoming a soccer (football) player. He has already add, should we
say “acting” to the list, as he recently appeared on “Saturday Night Live”
Boltsat down with ESPN Darren Rovellto talk about his dream of becoming a soccer
Interview below: Talking business with Usain
Darren Rovell: You are here today
representing Puma, your biggest sponsor. Usain Bolt: They've been with me from the very
beginning, through all my ups and downs.
When you call them up, can you get anything you want? Yeah,
I ask them to do all different colors. I also tell them when I like a
particular shoe that they are discontinuing. They've put it back in production
to make some for me. I just got a new catalog actually, which means I'm going
to need to give away some of the stuff I've gotten in the past to make room.
You've been pretty serious about
trying soccer. Or at least you've said you are serious. Oh,
I'm really serious. I think I can play and I have a relationship with
[Manchester United manager] Alex Ferguson and I just know I can get better.
So when will you focus on that?
After the next Olympics, I will start training.
I've speculated in the past that you have slowed down at the end of
some of your races because you didn't want to break your record by too much.
The idea that since you get bonuses for breaking records, it's in your best
interest to not completely shatter your record as long as you win. Any truth to
that? No. In
the Olympics, I'm just happy to win a gold medal, I'm not thinking about
breaking world records. It's a different mentality for the Olympics versus
It seems like it would be in your best interest to race in fewer meets.
You can get appearance fees and at the same time not compromise your standing
as the fastest man. Is that the reality? Absolutely.
I don't want to race too much and burn myself out. I'm targeting six to seven
races a year.
Besides Puma, you have endorsement deals with Gatorade, Hublot, Visa,
Soul Electronics and Nissan. What's an endorsement deal that you don't have
that you'd like to have?
I don't think I've ever been asked that before. Well, I like McDonald's.
Yeah, we know that. You gave them a ton of publicity when you said you
ate a wrap from there before your 100-meter final this Olympics.
I did give them a lot of free publicity, right?
I guess I'm a big fan of Skittles, too.
How is it possible that your last name is Bolt?
It's funny. When people first see that I do what I do and they see Bolt, they
assume it's some sort of nickname. But it's my family name. It's definitely
What's it like when you go back to Jamaica?
It's actually not that crazy because people see me enough over there. I'm
always around so it's more normal there. In other places, around Europe, where
I'm not seen as much, it's a bit more stressful as far as the crowds go.
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