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Lightning struck last night in Rio for the third time.

Usain Bolt is scary fast and awesomely entertaining. NBC journalist Bob Costas made the astute observation that Bolt is not a show-off, but is, more accurately, a showman. And Mr. Costas was proven right late last night when the legendary Jamaican sprinter beat American rival Justin Gatlin by .08 seconds in the breathtaking 100m final for his mind-boggling third consecutive Olympic gold medal and immediately joined in festive celebration with his countless fans along the rail of the track immediately following his epic conquest. His warm-down style is by far the best in the world.

Above all the entertaining bravado, Usain Bolt is a class act. This video/interview is from a few years ago.

The world-class 100m Olympic final was pretty close.

  1. Usain Bolt (9.81)
  2. Justin Gatlin (9.89)
  3. Andre De Grasse (9.91)

Even with the razor-thin margins between Bolt and Gatlin & Gatlin and De Grasse, Usain Bolt dominated everyone’s focus at the finish line. The man that Mr. Costas determined is now a more famous figure in Jamaica than Bob Marley (hmmm…?) is a larger-than-life athlete and persona. Standing (and sprinting) at a towering 6’5″, the “Lightning Bolt” has kept our attention for several Olympics and international competitions.

Back in 2013 at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, Mother Nature went as far as to validate Usain Bolt’s perfectly given last name.

Remember this surreal, once-in-a-lifetime moment?


(Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)

Fans of Usain Bolt won’t have wait long to see his next strides toward Olympic glory. The Jamaican sprinter will run in the 200m tomorrow morning. As his 9.58 seconds world record in the 100m, 19.19 seconds world record in the 200m and the picture above reveal, you know something special will happen.

Wherever Usain Bolt is, a show is sure to follow.

A lightning show, to be specific.

Have a Showstopper Kind of Week!


21/20 Vision

Champions are always focused in one direction.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps defeated his ready room rival Chad le Clos in the 200m butterfly tonight in the Rio Olympics. The photo above perfectly encapsulates this week’s 1 v 1 battle between Mr. Phelps and Mr. le Clos. The latter was animated against the former before the semifinal race yesterday and the final tonight, which saw the former winning both races.

For clarity’s sake: Michael Phelps swam faster than┬áChad le Clos in the semifinal and final races, which ultimately translated to Mr. Phelps winning gold. Chad le Clos may have won the unofficial dance-off between the two, but Michael Phelps officially won his 20th gold medal.

Not his 20th medal, but his 20th Olympic gold medal.

And Chad le Clos didn’t even reach the medal podium for the 200m butterfly. You could say his antics led to a Fool’s Gold performance.

P.S. Update: Michael Phelps and the 4 x 200m relay team from the United States just won a gold medal.

The Rolling Michael Phelps Gold Medal Count: 21.