'It doesn't get any better than this' - Bolt revels in latest award-winning moment
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Since the end of the 2012 track season, Usain Bolt has been the recipient of a host of awards recognising his amazing talent and his groundbreaking accomplishments.
Since he repeated as Olympic 100- and 200-metre champion as well as take home a third gold medal as the anchorman on Jamaica's world record-setting sprint-relay team, Bolt has copped the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year Award, the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, and the International Sports Press Association Award as the Sportsman of the Year, among others.
On Tuesday, he took home his third JAAA Golden Cleats Award, signifying his dominance over the sport in his home country.
The fastest man on the planet was unable to remember how many Golden Cleats Awards he has won to date, but it has not always been like this. Bolt's success has overshadowed his struggles - the first-round exit in Athens in 2004 and being hamstrung in the 200-metre finals in Helsinki a year later.
GRATEFUL TO COACH
However, he has not forgotten and recognises the one element that he believes is responsible for getting him on this path to success.
"My coach; I think my coach has really led me in the right direction in every way possible. I have strayed from the path many times, but he has stuck with me, pushed me and kept me focused in every way possible to make sure I was ready to go at all times," he said, as he put this latest addition to his trophy case on to the backseat of his tricked-out BMW X6 and removed his jacket.
Bolt's coach, Glen Mills, was also a winner on Tuesday, being named Coach of the Year, primarily because of the success of his sprinters at the London Olympics last August.
Not only did he coach Bolt to the gold medal, but the silver medallist, Yohan Blake, is also under his guidance. In the 200 metres, all three athletes who medaled, Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, are coached by him.
Mills' greatest athlete says the JAAA Golden Cleats Award is one of two which has special meaning for him.
"For me, it's always the JAAA and the IAAF Athlete of the Year award because it says a lot that your country is giving that honour to you and for the body of the IAAF to see and say you are the greatest athlete, and to win it so many years in a row, it's a great feeling, because people are watching what you are doing and are awarding you for it," he reasoned.
TRYING TO DO MORE
Since 2008, Bolt has won six Olympic gold medals and five at the World Championships. He also holds World records in the 100 and 200 metres, as well as in the sprint relay. He has been voted among the most popular persons on the planet. He has been dubbed legend.
According to Bolt, it doesn't really get better than this. He reveals that from this point on, everything else is the cherry on top.
"It doesn't really get better than this, you know. You're double Olympic champion, World record holder, broken every World record possible, I've won every title there is to win, so for me, it's just about trying to add on, trying to do more."