Just days after affirming that he will attempt to defend his 100- and 200-meter titles in Rio de Janeiro, Usain Bolt has said that he's not sure exactly what he will run at the 2016 Olympic Games.
"There's a few things that I've thought about. I could always try the 400-meter, which I don't want to do. I could try to run faster over bother my events. I could try another event, maybe long jump, (or) as I said, 400-meters. There's a few things I could try," Bolt said during a press conference on Oct. 10 in Jamaica.
The comments represent a complete about-face from the idea that Bolt presented earlier in the week during a press conference in Auckland, New Zealand. There, the track superstar said he would try for three consecutive wins in his individual Olympic events.
In London, Bolt became the first man to win back-to-back Olympic titles in both the 100- and 200-meter sprint events.
"I don't want to try any different events at Rio, because at Rio I will just defend my titles to show the world that there is a possibility that I can do it again," Bolt said at the Auckland News Conference. "… The three-peat. That's the focus -- there's not going to be any different event."
So which is it? Will Bolt participate in new events, or will he attempt to defend his titles in the 100- and 200-meter sprint events? Bolt is the world-record holder in both distances, and he won each event at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Bolt also was a member of the Jamaican 4x100-meter relay team that won gold in 2008 and 2012, as well.
In reality, it doesn't really matter what Bolt says he's going to do right now. The 2016 Olympic Games are nearly four years away, and anything could happen before then. Bolt could change his mind 200 more times. His star power could be eclipsed by that of training partner Yohan Blake, or any other sprinter, for that matter. He could decide to retire from the sport completely and take up a new sport.
He event mentioned a new sport during his Oct. 10 press conference.
"I kind of want to play soccer, so I don't know," Bolt said. "Maybe at the end of my career … but it would be something that I would love to try because I think I would be good at it."
What will Bolt do next? No one can be sure except Bolt and his coach, Glenn Mills, but one thing is for certain: He'll definitely keep fans and competitors guessing.
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Sandra Johnson is a longtime fan of Olympic sports. 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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