Usain Bolt shared the first public photos — and the unique name — of his daughter, Olympia Lightning Bolt.
Bolt’s girlfriend, Kasi Bennett, gave birth in May.
“Now we have started a new chapter together with our daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt,” was posted on Bolt’s social media. “I look forward to what the future will bring for us but be reassured that I will be the ROCK for this family.”
Another famous Olympic champion, Serena Williams, named her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in 2017.
In Olympic history, one Olympian went by the name “Olympia,” according to Olympedia.org. That’s Australian rower Olympia Aldersey, who placed seventh in Rio in the eight event.
In February, Bolt said he would not encourage his child to pursue sprinting.
“That’s going to be hard for my kid,” he said during Super Bowl weekend in Miami. “If they want to do it, I’m fine with it. But initially I’m going to say don’t do it, ’cause I know the pressure that will come along with it.”
After Kobe Bryant‘s death, Bolt said he was hoping for a daughter.
“I could see in his eyes how much he loved his girls,” Bolt said. “I would love to have that feeling.”
Bolt, 33, has said he hopes to have three children.
“I’m excited, but I’m nervous,” he said. “I’ve always been a fun guy, I’ve always been that person. But should I be that person and make my girlfriend be the bad guy? Those are the questions I’m asking, so we’ll see what happens.”
Bolt, who holds world records in the 100m (9.58 seconds) and 200m (19.19), retired after the 2017 World Championships. The Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will be the first Games without the Jamaican legend since the 2000 Sydney Games.
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I want to wish my gf @kasi.b a happy birthday and To let u know I am happy I get to spend ur special day with u. I want nothing but happiness for u and will continue to doing my best keeping a smile on ur face. Now we have started a new chapter together with our daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt I look forward to what the future will bring for us but be reassured that I will be the ROCK for this family. I Love you and happy 21th birthday 😂😂😂.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 7, 2020