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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Usain Bolt, Sprinter Turns 26

Usain Bolt doesn't have to blow out his candles—all he has to do is run by the cake. The Jamaican spint star, winner of three more Olympic gold medals in London bringing his career total to six, turns 26 on Tuesday (Aug.21).

After the birthday boy's showing at the Summer Olympics, in which he became the first man to ever win back-to-back titles in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100-meter relay, the self-proclaimed legend deserves a celebration as big as his ego.

"It's what I came here to do," Bolt, who's never won less than gold at the Olympics, said after winning the 200 meters. "I'm now a legend. I'm also the greatest athlete to live." (He did later admit that he had to "give it" to decathlon winner Ashton Eaton, the sprinter noting that the 1,500-meter run would have done him in.)

Fittingly, after making history in London, the fastest man in the world has spent the last week globetrotting. Just yesterday he was taking a helicopter tour over the Swiss Alps.

Last Saturday Bolt was also a special guest on the very popular British Television show 'The Jonathan Ross Show', where he spoke about his performance at the recent London Olympics, his encounter with the Swedish handball players, his world record feats and plan for the future.