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Faster than Lightning: My Autobiography Hardcover – 12 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007371411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007371419
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter widely regarded as the fastest person ever. He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since 1977. Along with his team-mates, he also set the world record in the 4×100 metres relay. He is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events, the first man to win 9 Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and a eleven-time World champion. He was the first to achieve a ‘triple-triple’ by winning 100m, 200m and 4x100m relays titles at 3 consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).
His 2009 record breaking margin for 100 m, from 9.69 (his own previous world record) to 9.58, is the highest since records began.


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I found this book really enjoyable, it was fun to read and certainly quite entertaining.

BUT it did lack the 'life story' element - the book starts with Usain was already in training and gives pretty much no background stories about him growing up, etc. If you'd like to understand his motivation and journey through his sporting career then this book is for you. If you want something more in-depth and about his real life story then you'll be disappointed.
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Very interesting view into his life and what drove him to such heights. I highly recommend this interesting lively book.
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Fabulous down to earth account of an extra ordinary athlete and human being's life. An honest account of what life is like, with no pretentious nonsense. An inspirational read for anyone, even those that aren't into sport. An outlook on life that should be applauded.
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I thought this book would be the typical narrative filled with facade and self elevation. However, it was quite the contrast... I could not put this book down. I thought that Usain was quite real in his accounts and shared aspects of his career that most people were curious about: his false start, London 2012 eating and sporting habits etc. There are a few 'take aways' as well- his determination and drive to succeed, manners and respect taught by his parents...this book is great read.
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I bought this book for my 9 year old grandson, who does not enjoy reading. He loved it because it was a about a topic he enjoyed after watching the olympics. It was delivered on time and was well packaged, it has encouraged him to read without really thinking about it. Would definitely recommend this.
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An easy read. Enjoyed the humour and honesty. A good holiday or night time read. Wish all books were as enjoyable. One for the kids to read too as it shows his determination, respect and honesty all pay off in the end; and how to focus on the good/important things in life. Hope I dont have to wait too long before another book like this comes along. As I said in my title, I read it in lightning speed, only a couple of days whilst chillin pool side.
Thank you Mr. Bolt for putting pen to paper.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Unlike many autobiographies which make it very obvious that the writer is not really the character who is the subject of the book, this autobiography has Usain's voice and character from beginning to end. The same Usain we see performing and enjoying his sport at athletic meets, being interviewed post race and interacting with the crowd, is the character who speaks to us in this book. In addition, we get the back story - a peep behind the scenes and an insight into the Jamaican athletics world with a touch of Kingston party nightlife thrown in.

What shines through is the amazing discipline, pain and hard work which have contributed to making Usain Bolt the athletic icon that he is today. An enjoyable, accessible and inspiring read.
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Athletes learn how to endure suffering. Elite athlete are masters at motivating themselves to give their best at critical times. Track athletes often prepare for the whole year to be at their peak performance for just one day, or even only 10 seconds for sprinters. I recently read Usain Bolt "Faster than lightning: my autobiography" and this is what I have learned about motivation.

RIVALRY:

Yohan Blake won both the 100m and 200m at the Jamaican Olympic trials for London. Usain Bolt finished only second and he was vexed. A few days later, while watching the race on TV, he noted something that gave him "such a fury": "the kid was running to the stands and celebrating in front of the bleachers. A finger was pressed on his lips Ssshhhhh! It seemed to me like he was telling the rest of the field to keep quiet - me included. (...) That one gesture had got my engine running. In an instant, I was psyched, revved up. Every step I made on the track after that evening on the sofa came from a place of pride, because I was training for Blake as well as the defense of my Olympic titles. I wanted to show up in London and prove to him and the world that I was a champion."

FAITH:

Usain Bolt starts his book recounting a serious car accident where he nearly lost his life. "This accident was the realization that my life had been saved by somebody else, and I didn't mean the designer of my airbag, or the car's seat belts. instead, a higher power had kept me alive. God Almighty. I took the accident to be a message from above, a sign that I'd been chosen to become The Fastest Man on Earth.
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