Bolt knows it's time to party, become Mr. Deejay
BRUSSELS (AP) - It's time for Usain Bolt to leave the track, kick back in Australia, play a little soccer with friends and channel his inner deejay.
The only part that scares the star of the London Olympics? Going home to his delirious island nation. A word of warning, however: Don't show up for his Jamaican party without tickets. It's already a sellout.
After another three-for-three Olympic gold-medal performance, Bolt can't wait for the finish of the 100 meters at the Van Damme Memorial. He had to push body and mind from last winter right up to his world-record, gold-medal anchor leg for the Jamaica team on the next to last day of the Olympics.
"I'm drained now,'' he said a day before his last race in the Diamond League meet. Forced to think about the race, he added, "I'm drawing blanks.''
Bolt has decided that once the sweat has dried it's party time. Time to prove he is as much a living legend as a party animal as he is an athlete.
Despite being track and field's biggest show, Bolt remains surprised by the scope of his success. At a recent promotional shoot in Paris, he was amazed by the size of the crowd outside his hotel.
"I was like, `Who is staying here and why so much people?' And I came inside and people went crazy,'' he said before realizing it was all for him. "So that was a first. It is kind of cool.''
On Thursday, he was taken aback to find out the party where he will play is sold out. For once, he might show some pressure. "Hopefully, I'm not horrible.''
His No. 1 disc? Bob Marley's "One Love.''
After a year of avoiding soccer for fear of injuries and the wrath of his coach, Bolt will give in to his craving to be the best winger to grace a soccer field.
"He won't like it but he won't stretch me as much,'' Bolt said, referring to his coach, Glen Mills. "It is just a world championship year'' in 2013.
"I am going to start playing charity matches. We always have charity football matches in Jamaica. I didn't get to play none last season because of the Olympics.''
He hopes Manchester United invites him to a charity match against Real Madrid.
"I'd definitely love to play in that game,'' he said.
He has stayed in Europe for the post-Olympic meets and was looking forward to getting home and finally celebrating with family, friends and fans.
"I've seen what Jamaican fans are like when I go back home,'' he said. "That is more scary than anything else.''
He will even be able to indulge in some drinking.
"It is the end of the season, so, I'll try out some champagne,'' he said. "Pretty much, celebrate a great season.''
Even now, his holiday break of five to six weeks was looking extremely short to him.
"There is a vote for two months,'' he said with a laugh.