Olympic great Usain Bolt: The me­dia can watch me party if they want.

Nine-time olympic gold medal­list

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - In­ter­view by JES­SICA HALLORAN Usain Bolt headlines the Ni­tro Ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion in Mel­bourne, Fe­bru­ary 4, 9 and 11; ni­troath­let­ics.com.au.

When did you fig­ure out that you could run re­ally, re­ally fast? I think ini­tially ev­ery­body learns how fast they can run at school, when racing against other kids, but it was at the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in 2002, when I was 15 and won against the un­der-20s, that I started think­ing I could make a ca­reer out of ath­let­ics. What’s the fastest you’ve had to run for some­thing like a bus? I don’t re­ally run much off the track – un­less I’m play­ing foot­ball or some­thing. I take life easy when not train­ing or com­pet­ing. You’ve re­peat­edly called your­self “lazy”. De­scribe your dream day off. Just chill­ing out, play­ing video games, watch­ing sport or movies, and hang­ing out with friends. You’ve said that if you weren’t sprint­ing, you’d be a very good crick­eter. In fact, you said, “I think I would prob­a­bly have been the best.” My dad was re­ally into cricket when I was younger, so I au­to­mat­i­cally de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in it, too. I think if I hadn’t been an ath­lete, I would have prob­a­bly been a pro­fes­sional crick­eter. A bats­man or bowler? I was a bowler. Would you be bet­ter than, say, Shane Warne or Matthew Hay­den? Those guys were pretty good. Is it true you eat Chicken Mcnuggets be­fore races? I think this is a myth that started at the Bei­jing Olympics in 2008. I didn’t much like the food in the Olympic vil­lage so I ate a lot of chicken nuggets. Since then, peo­ple al­ways talk [to me] about nuggets, but I ac­tu­ally pre­fer hot wings! Olympic gold medals aside, what makes you happy day-to-day? I am a chilled-out per­son. I like hang­ing out with my friends and hav­ing a laugh. I hope to even­tu­ally set­tle down and have a fam­ily, but I’m in no hurry to do it now. There was a lot of at­ten­tion around your par­ty­ing in Rio after com­plet­ing the “triple triple”. How much fun did you re­ally have? I only went out once in Rio, but when I got back to Lon­don I had fun par­ty­ing for a week. I had a lot of my close friends there and we just cel­e­brated my suc­cess. We saw lots of pho­tos of you in clubs. Is that one of the pit­falls of hav­ing pa­parazzi fol­low­ing you? It is part of the job; you can’t get stressed about it. I just get on with life – if they want to pho­to­graph me hav­ing fun, no prob­lem. You’re com­ing to Aus­tralia for Ni­tro Ath­let­ics, a new team-based track and field com­pe­ti­tion. Which events are you look­ing for­ward to most? It is go­ing to be a lot of fun. Ath­let­ics needs some new exciting events. I think the mixed re­lays will be cool as some strat­egy may come into play. Is it true you’re re­tir­ing this year? Yes – 2017 will be my last cham­pi­onship year. I have lots of other things to do with my Foun­da­tion, be­ing an am­bas­sador for the brands I work with, and my own busi­ness in­ter­ests.

``I don´t re­ally run much off the track i take life easy´´

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