Having won gold in the 100 and 200 meter sprints in each of the last two Olympic Games, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt arrived in Rio with designs on a third consecutive gold medal in both of those events as well as helping his nation win a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay. Bolt won’t have to make his first run in Rio until August 13, when the first round of qualifying for the 100 meters is scheduled, but that begins a busy stretch for the world’s fastest man in which he’ll have three events to focus on during a six-day span.
With that being the case this period represents the “quiet before the storm” for Bolt, and on Tuesday he took some time out of his training to visit with local children at Jamaica’s Olympic track and field training headquarters in Rio. With much being made of some federations asking their athletes to avoid the favelas, while he didn’t visit one Bolt made sure to interact with those who represent “our future” according to his social media post.
Bolt took a photo with the group, with most of the children striking the pose he made famous eight years ago in Beijing.
This isn’t the first time an athlete has taken the step of interacting with locals during a major sporting event in Brazil, and it certainly won’t be the last. Two years ago during the World Cup Ghana’s Sulley Muntari took to the streets of Maceio, handing out cash to some of the residents.