Jamaica and the London 2012 Olympics: Jamaica, On your marks, get set,go


By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe

With less than one day to go to the start of the London 2012 Olympics, all eyes have been focused on the athletes and festivities taking place in London and in Birmingham; especially on the Jamaican sprint team, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Usain Bolt.

The Jamaican Athletes have had to be given constant supervision and personal security because of their popularity and so that they can continue their training and preparations for the Olympic Games. With the constant bombarding for interviews from the media and wandering fans, things can get a bit distracting. This is not a problem for the Jamaican Athletics Management Staff and Athletics Team Manager, Ludlow Watts as they have worked assiduously to not only have adequate security, but a suitable training venue at the University of Birmingham, proper meals and ample downtime, for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Being an athlete is not an easy gig; being a Jamaican Olympic athlete is even more demanding. If you have watched the interviews or even the documentary ‘Can anyone beat Bolt?’, you would have heard the testimonies from Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell as they both lamented their dislike for training. Nonetheless, they are also ready to tell you that this is what is needed for them to be two of the fastest 100 metres sprinters of all time.

Even though the London 2012 Olympic Games begin on July 27, 2012; the sprints will not start until a week later.


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