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Usain Bolt: 'I Have No Respect For People Like Attention-Seeking Carl Lewis'
Business Insider ^ | 08/10/2012 | Paul Kelso

Posted on 08/10/2012 9:20:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Usain Bolt said he had “no respect” for Carl Lewis, the man whose Olympic feats he eclipsed with victory in the 200m, saying the American’s recent comments on doping were attention-seeking.

Bolt targeted the former Olympic 100m and 200m champion after becoming the first man to retain the double sprint titles with another scintillating performance in the 200m final.

The Jamaican was referring to recent comments from Lewis, who he said had appeared to question the validity of his achievements.

“I want to say that I have no respect for Carl Lewis. It is looking for attention, for an athlete out of the sport to be saying things is really upsetting," said Bolt. "He was talking about doping and for me he was just looking for attention.”

Bolt had earlier declared himself the greatest athlete of all time after winning the 200m to retain both short sprints, something Lewis did not achieve in his prime.

Bolt led a Jamaican clean-sweep of the medals, with Yohan Blake collecting his second silver medal of the Games, and former hurdler Warren Weir taking bronze in a personal best of 19.84sec.

Bolt’s winning time of 19.32sec was the joint fourth-fastest of all time and matched the time clocked by Michael Johnson in Atlanta in 1996. Bolt said he managed to equal it despite having a bad back.

Asked if the Jamaican track team were drug-free, Bolt insisted that they were running clean. He also dismissed comments from Victor Conte, suggesting that 60% of the athletes in London are doping, and criticised Carl Lewis for hinting that his success may not be as it seems.

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TOPICS: Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: carllewis; london; olympics; usainbolt

1 posted on 08/10/2012 9:21:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I saw him on Top Gear a while back. Big Star in a reasonably priced car. He was fast in the car too.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9uk1v_usian-bolt-on-top-gear_auto


2 posted on 08/10/2012 9:29:59 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Go Usain! Carl Lewis is a prick who got away with doping in 1988 and was protected by the IOC while Ben Johnson had his medals stripped. 2 weeks ago, Lewis repeatedly criticized Mitt Romney, saying “some people should not be allowed to leave the country.” Meanwhile Bolt showed tremendous respect to the U.S.A. last week when he stopped an interview to face the podium and respect the playing of our anthem during a U.S. female star’s gold moment. LOVE seeing Bolt say “no one remembers (Lewis) anymore”. Carl can go to hell.


3 posted on 08/10/2012 9:34:17 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SeekAndFind
Carl Lewis? Wasn't he the greatest post-olympiad failure of all time? No product endorsements. No TV commercials. Zero media coverage. No movie offers. Nobody would touch him because he was such a jerk. He peed in everybody’s Wheaties. Or as they say in Hollywood, he was “difficult to work with.” If memory serves he even tried doing a night club act, that lasted one set.
4 posted on 08/10/2012 9:39:14 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: SeekAndFind

Slightly off topic... I don’t know how serious he is about it, but Bolt has at least been joking that he wants a tryout with Manchester United after the Olympics.


5 posted on 08/10/2012 9:43:12 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sounds like Lewis is overloading on sour grapes.


6 posted on 08/10/2012 9:43:59 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: PowderMonkey
Carl Lewis? Wasn't he the greatest post-olympiad failure of all time? No product endorsements. No TV commercials. Zero media coverage. No movie offers. Nobody would touch him because he was such a jerk. He peed in everybody’s Wheaties. Or as they say in Hollywood, he was “difficult to work with.” If memory serves he even tried doing a night club act, that lasted one set.

Carl Lewis couldn't even sing our national anthem!

Carl Lewis National Anthem Fail

7 posted on 08/10/2012 9:45:31 AM PDT by Conservative_Jedi (Give me Liberty or give me Death!!)
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To: kevkrom

That would be very, very interesting. Fantastic speed, but does he have any foot skills? Speed is great, but without foot skills he’d get killed.


8 posted on 08/10/2012 9:48:26 AM PDT by Obadiah (I am Oscar Mike)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another cool guy is David Rudisha from Kenya who won the 800M yesterday and set the world record. Glad he won. Great story about him on NBC yesterday.


9 posted on 08/10/2012 9:50:32 AM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: Conservative_Jedi

Painful and cringeworthy. In the extreme.


10 posted on 08/10/2012 9:52:46 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Obadiah

He claims to have football skills, but you know, look at who’s doing the talking.


11 posted on 08/10/2012 9:53:44 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: SeekAndFind

19.84!? holy crap! my best ever was 22.43 :0

Of course, in high school, I was best at 100m .. 11.68 :/


12 posted on 08/10/2012 10:04:45 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Choose, a communist, socialist, or Patriot)
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To: Bikkuri

The scary part about his 19.84 is that he let up at the end. The maddening thing about Bolt is we’ll probably never find out how fast he really is, he’s often sloppy coming out of the block and as soon as he knows a race is won he eases off the throttle. Cleaner off the block and actually going all out all the way he’s probably a 1/4 to 1/2 second quicker than all his times.


13 posted on 08/10/2012 10:14:48 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: discostu

I honestly lost interest in the Olympics a decade or so ago.. judges paid.. cheaters let off, countries cheating (China is a perfect example from 4 years ago)..

and, I agree about Bolt.. maybe he is trying to get other (countries) competitors to juice up (training, not boosters)..

I’ve never heard of him before, but he is A-ok with me.. I love his personality and sportsmanship.. He didn’t HAVE to give all he has because he already had what it took.

If it weren’t for his sportsmanship, I would have never even heard of him... I am NOT watching the Olympics.. Heck, I don’t even watch my favorite sport anymore because of all the politics involved :/

BUT, it does remind me of something else (Olympics involved) from a couple of decades ago... a Jamaican team... they made a movie about it (comedy, but was a true story)... And, the point to the movie was, more or less, ANYTHING is possible.

(I think the movie was about bob-sledding)..


14 posted on 08/10/2012 10:31:47 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Choose, a communist, socialist, or Patriot)
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To: discostu

Oh.. about his time... I retch at it... I wish I could get close >.< lol

at my age now, I will be lucky to get about 25-30 seconds :/


15 posted on 08/10/2012 10:33:20 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Choose, a communist, socialist, or Patriot)
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To: discostu

Michael Johnson suggest that if Bolt worked on his technique he might run close to 19-flat. I don’t know if Usain reacted to that. Didn’t seem to be criticism. More like awe & respect coming from Johnson.


16 posted on 08/10/2012 10:38:50 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: discostu

... excuse me, I think I meant to say 19.5...


17 posted on 08/10/2012 10:40:31 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Bikkuri

19.84? i could beat that...wait..not the 100? ahhh


18 posted on 08/10/2012 11:23:04 AM PDT by Docbarleypop
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To: SeekAndFind

Bolt could have handled this a little better. Not exactly a class act.


19 posted on 08/10/2012 11:43:05 AM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: montag813

Go Usain! Carl Lewis is a prick who got away with doping in 1988 and was protected by the IOC while Ben Johnson had his medals stripped. 2 weeks ago, Lewis repeatedly criticized Mitt Romney, saying “some people should not be allowed to leave the country.” Meanwhile Bolt showed tremendous respect to the U.S.A. last week when he stopped an interview to face the podium and respect the playing of our anthem during a U.S. female star’s gold moment. LOVE seeing Bolt say “no one remembers (Lewis) anymore”. Carl can go to hell.


I didn’t know until a few days ago about Lewis getting a pass on doping.

And I thought Bolt was just upset at the way Carl sang the National Anthem ;-)

Carl Lewis is a pill. Even his less athletically-talented sister Carol seemed to get more endorsements and TV work than her brother


20 posted on 08/10/2012 12:51:45 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Just because someone has an "R" next to their name, does not make them a Conservative)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Lewis is clearly ‘light in the loafers’


21 posted on 08/10/2012 1:53:09 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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