The religions and political views of the influentials.
Bolt is a Catholic and his middle name was given to him in honor of one of the Catholic Church’s earliest Popes.12 Bolt is devout in his faith. He makes the sign of the cross before beginning a competition and, according to his public relations people, he is a “Bible-believing, God-honoring, Jesus-worshiping Christian.”3
It’s not something he talks much about. Though he does occasionally tweet things like:
With God anything is possible… I demolish training today #thankuGod4His faith and his celebrity inspired the Vatican to invite him to speak at a conference on global religious liberty through the popular TED (technology, entertainment and design) program.5 I imagine that’s a high honor for any Catholic.
An interesting side-note–and we run across this surprisingly often at the Hollowverse–some Protestants have claimed Bolt as one of their own.6 They simply assert that he is a Protestant with no evidence, presumably because they like him… I don’t know. Don’t believe them, he’s a Catholic.
The natural political environment of the wealthyBolt’s politics can only be gleaned from sparse comments here and there. Sometimes, these comments only serve to stroke Bolt’s ego, such as:
If Queen Elizabeth knighthooded me and I would get the title Sir Usain Bolt. That sounds very nice.7Sometimes, they are general statements about his love for his home country of Jamaica:
I can’t really live outside Jamaica. I can be away, but only for a while.8Once, when asked why he didn’t travel more often to England, he complained about the high taxes that country places upon the wealthy for things like speaking engagement fees and endorsement/sponsorship earnings. He later said when the tax laws change, he’d be more than happy to go to the UK.9
Other than that, there’s not much from Bolt politically. He was referenced by U.S. President Obama during the 2012 election cycle. Obama said:
I just want to remind you this is not going to be a race like Usain Bolt where we’re like 40 yards ahead and we can just start jogging 10 feet before the finish line.10It would be telling if Bolt had said he was flattered by the reference, but as far as I can tell, not a peep.