Usain Bolt hopes to defend his Olympic titles in Rio De Janeiro, but the 26-year-old sprinter knows that there is a lot of running to do between now and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Until then, the Jamaican plans to take everything one year at a time, he said.
"I want to go (to Rio de Janeiro) and do my best, and if I can go to Rio and really defend all my titles that would make it even greater," Bolt said during a Diamond League press conference in Zurich. "So for me, I'm really focused. I'm just taking it year by year, though, because that's always the key."
Bolt, who is known as the "world's fastest man," won consecutive titles in the 100- and 200-meters at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. He also claimed gold medals in 2008 and 2012 as a member of the top-finishing 4x100-meter relay teams, bringing his Olympic gold-medal count to six.
In fact, gold is the only color medal Bolt has ever won at the Olympic Games, and that's the way he hopes to keep it.
But he knows anything could happen before 2016. That's one of the reasons he needs to stay focused, he said, as he certainly doesn't want injury or advanced age to play a role in the outcome of future races. When the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games begin, Bolt will be 29 years old. By the time the Games end, he will have turned 30.
Bolt isn't looking quite that far down the road yet, he said, though the 2016 Games are already in the back of his mind. First, he wants to be successful at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, he said.
"You can't look as far as Rio -- four years, and there are two world championships in between -- so you've got to take it easy," Bolt said during the press conference. "But I'm definitely going to try to say fit, try to say focused, because Rio -- it's an Olympic Games. Olympic Games are only the biggest games in track and field, so for me, I look forward to that."
Sandra Johnson is a longtime Olympic fan. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46
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