Jamaican Yohan Blake may be following in Usain Bolt's footsteps in more ways than one.
Many believe that Blake is the so-called "heir apparent" to Bolt when it comes to winning sprint titles. Blake has made it clear that his confidence level and attitude won't be much different from that of Bolt, either.
"I am feeling confident more than ever and I think next year it's going to be really hard for anybody coming up against me because I will be stronger," Blake said during a press conference earlier this month. "I will be much fitter and I will be much faster. Each year I grow day by day."
Blake finished second behind Bolt in the 100- and 200-meter sprint events at the 2012 Olympic Games. Then, the Jamaican teammates worked together with Nesta Carter and Michael Frater to win the gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay.
Blake, who is 22-years-old, trains with Bolt under coach Glenn Mills at the Racers Track Club in Jamaica. The fact that the two superstars are training partners and work under the same coach could offer some clues about why the two seem to have similar confidence levels off the track.
But in reality, the attitude isn't really that surprising, as it's typical of elite-level sprinters. After all, if Blake doesn't believe in himself -- if he doesn't believe he is capable of defeating Bolt and everyone else in the world -- then who will?
During the news conference on September 14, Blake addressed both his physical and mental well-being as he heads into the next season, saying: "Mentally I am good. I have a wonderful coach in (Mills). I am not pressured. Looking forward to next year. What I am supposed to fix I will fix it because I am starting really well now."
Blake won the 100-meters at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, after Bolt was disqualified for a false start. He also defeated Bolt in both the 100- and 200-meters at the Jamaican Olympic trials.
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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