A Quick Q&A with Speedster Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt crossed the finish line in a suit. Gold Puma’s too.

The widely regarded fastest man in the world and six-time Olympic gold medalist had a track and field style set-up outside the opening of the Hublot Galerie in the Design District Saturday.

Bolt, a brand ambassador for the Swiss watch brand, was part of the ribbon cutting festivities, along with Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe.

Thankfully, we did not have to chase after Bolt for an interview. We caught up with the Jamaican superstar before his boutique appearance. The speedster admitted that this was his first time in Miami during Art Basel.

It seems like you’re not in the U.S. too often, what are your thoughts on Miami?
“Miami is a cool place; I’ve been here a few times. It’s one of the places that doesn’t get really cold (laughs), for me, I like that…I have a few friends here who cuss me out and say I should come out more often. I think, in the future, when I retire, then I’ll have more time.” 

Since you’re associated with Hublot, have you met Dwyane Wade?
“I’ve met Dwyane. I met him on the Gatorade shoots. He’s cool. I’ve seen him play in person, cool dude.”

Beyond the endorsements and running times, what do you do to relax?
“Stay home (laughs). I love video games so I play Call of Duty a lot and just chill with my friends. I think I watch way too much movies. I’m an iTunes junkie, so I watch a lot of movies off iTunes.”

Have you ever sprinted while wearing a Hublot watch?
“I’ve trained. Most of them are big bands, they’re slightly heavy. Otherwise, I wear them.”

How serious is your training?
“I train so much that my coach doesn’t like it when I travel back and forth. It’s not good for my muscles or something like that…all of my (endorsement) shoots are in Jamaica; because he doesn’t allow me to travel when I’m training. Because they’re opening the boutique, it was a must that I come here. That’s the only reason I’m actually here. Normally, my shoots are in Jamaica.”

Speaking of Jamaica, your home country has issues with poverty. What do you think could be done to improve that? 
“It always started from the kid level. My foundation (Usain Bolt Foundation) is geared towards helping the kids in the schools in any way possible. I think that’s where the gap is. If you can educate all these younger kids, then you’ll have more educated people to be a better country.”

And, what’s your plan moving forward?
“One more Olympics in Rio (in 2016). This season, it’s trying to not get injured. Last season, I was injured, out for a long time, didn’t get to really compete on the circuit. For me, I’m just trying to stay focused and injury-free, then I should be fine.”

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