Beijing 2008, the 100 metres final: Usain Bolt slows down, beats his chest, metres clear of his nearest rival, his face filled with the euphoria of a young man utterly in thrall to his extraordinary physical talent. It is one of the greatest sporting moments. It is just the beginning. Of the ten fastest 100-metres times in history, eight belong to Jamaicans. How is it that a small Caribbean island has come to almost totally dominate the men’s and women’s sprint events? The Bolt Supremacy opens the doors to a community where sprinting permeates conversations and interactions; where the high school championships are watched by 35,000 screaming fans; where identity, success and status are forged on the track, and where making it is a pass to a world of adoration and lucrative contracts. In such a society there can be the incentive for some to cheat. There are those who attribute Jamaican success to something beyond talent and hard work. Award-winning writer Richard Moore doesn’t shy away from difficult questions as he travels the length of this beguiling country speaking to anti-doping agencies, scientists and sceptics as well as to coaches, gurus, superstar athletes and the young guns desperate to become the next big thing. Peeling back the layers, Moore finally reveals the secrets of Usain Bolt and the Jamaican sprint factory.
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, one country’s speed dominated the Games. The tropical vibrancy of Jamaican track athletes, with their scintillating performances, undoubtedly left a mark not only on the competing countries but also on the millions who witnessed this event. Author Floyd Graham, in his new book entitled LIGHTNING FAST! JAMAICA’S STARS AT THE BEIJING OLYMPICS, features these superb athletes who captivated the world with their astounding speed.
Langston Hughes was a man far ahead of his time, but his actions were often unpredictable, contradictory and refused classification. To give an example, he campaigned tirelessly for civil rights but then testified before the controversial House Committee on Un-American Activities, seen by many as a witch-hunt. Rather than ignoring or excusing these contradictions, Bonnie Greer confronts them, highlighting the many contradictions present in both his day and ours and painting an unforgettable portrait of a man caught up in strange and contradictory times.
This informative edition profiles Jamaican-born track and field athlete, Usain Bolt, who won three medals at the 2008 Summer Winter Games in Beijing, China. Informative sidebars, a detailed timeline, and an expansive bibliography support social studies and biography assignments.
If you’re a fundraiser or social entrepreneur keen to secure large gift for any kind of social cause you need to be able to ask the right people for the right money in the right way. But how do you do that? In this ground-breaking book, global experts Bernard Ross and Clare Segal share their approach - used by major fundraising organisations from UNHCR in the Middle East to MSF in the US and from UK’s Oxford University to MEF Museum in Argentina – which has been used to secure gifts up to $110m in a single ask. Whether you’re an experienced fundraiser looking for new ideas, a newbie keen to get to the right approach fast, or a board member anxious to help out, you’ll find the answers you’re looking for inside.
'Usain was confident. After all, he'd been rewriting the record books of athletics history for a decade.' 9.58 seconds was all it took for Usain Bolt to blaze his way into the history books, with a 100 metres world record that shocked the world. But when Usain was little, he preferred cricket to running. No one knew that the tall, skinny boy from a small town in Jamaiwould go on to become 'The Lightning Bolt' – the fastest man ever.
Learn about the motivational story behind one of track's greatest superstars, Usain Bolt. Discover his awe-inspiring achievements throughout his eventful career and what made him the superstar that he is today.
The sprinter provides insight into his life and career, from his humble beginnings in Jamaica to the car crash that nearly ended his life to his winning a total of six gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Usain Bolt is the fastest man on the planet-and one of the most popular athletes of all time. His dramatic world record-breaking feats in the 100 and 200 meters have earned him Olympic and world gold medals in the last several years. But what has endeared this young Jamaican above all else is his playful attitude and winning personality. Mike Rowbottom, a widely experienced writer on Summer and Winter Olympics, looks at the way Bolt's prodigious talent has been shaped from his earliest years by a competitive system in his native Jamaica, which has produced generations of world-class sprinters.