Usain Bolt Stops Interview to Stand in Silence During USA National Anthem

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I stumbled across this while trying to find some good video of the Men’s 100m final. Moments after his win in that race, Usain Bolt was being interviewed by Spanish TV station Teledeporte. During the interview the medal ceremony was taking place for the Women’s 400m (won by American Sanya Richards-Ross). Bolt heard the National Anthem being played, stopped the interview, stood in silence until it was over, and then continued where he left off. (I can’t tell exactly what’s being said, since my Spanish learning started and ended with an 11th-grade class taught by a crazy woman)

For a guy who is seen as somewhat arrogant and is quite the showman, it was cool to see him to show that level of respect immediately after running the 2nd-fastest 100m of all time. I’m a fan now more than ever. Video below:

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  • Guest

    Actually somewhat more impressive seeing as Richards Ross is a born Jamaican and he was that respectful

  • Deeangel16

     Nice. Hope this goes viral. There’s a difference between being a showman
    and arrogance/cockiness. He has brought excitement back to the sport
    which helps all track athletes. Congrats to Bolt and Jamaica!

  • Nak

     Exactly. She was more than born in Jamaica. She lived there all the way through high school. A few Jamaicans were a little sour that she would run for the U.S. since she was born AND raised in Jamaica. I respect him for giving her due respect, since she ran for the country she calls home and has given her and her family much economic success.

  • IOC is taking this video down so make sure you make a backup copy.

    Not sure what the point of removing the video is– do they have their own copy on their website somewhere? Or just ruining the Olympic spirit for everyone?

  • Yeah, I’ve got a full copy ripped from the original Telly vid. I initially uploaded it to YouTube but it was removed within 2-3 minutes.

  • Henrynineberg

    I don’t think he even knew who the medal was for. He just heard an anthem and wanted to be respectful. 

  • Henrynineberg

    I don’t think he even knew who the medal was for. He just heard an anthem and wanted to be respectful. 

  • Anonymous

     I think NBC/YouTube have been viciously pulling down vids of the Olympics. 

  • Papillon

    Actually Sanya left Jamaica when she was 12 and attended high school at St.Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. Is high school a different age in Jamaica? She’s lived in the USA for the majority of her life and attended an American University (UT). I think characterizing her as being born and raised in Jamaica is a little disingenuous…

  • Papillon

    Actually Sanya left Jamaica when she was 12 and attended high school at St.Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. Is high school a different age in Jamaica? She’s lived in the USA for the majority of her life and attended an American University (UT). I think characterizing her as being born and raised in Jamaica is a little disingenuous…