World records in the 100 metres, 200 metres and the team relay along with six Olympic gold medals. Usain Bolt moves fast; but where could he go to slow down?
Once the 2013 World Athletic Championships have ended in Moscow, the most famous athlete in the world has promised himself a holiday.
So how will the most famous athlete in the world relax? Soak up some culture at a literary festival, perhaps. Maybe he’ll visit a museum, dip into a country house or visit an isolated island. He might try his hand at some adventure sports or just escape into the wilderness, away from life’s pressures.
There is one rugged corner of the world where he could try one and all of the above. And as luck would have it, it’s the very place his manager calls home - County Donegal.
Donegal’s rough and rugged landscape on Ireland’s north west tip is a far cry from the urban environments where Bolt has enjoyed his greatest successes.
But the people of the county are betting that’s just what he’ll need after another tough competition.
So if and when he arrives, what should Mr Bolt do in Donegal?
Visit Inishowen’s Siobhan Kelly isn’t short of ideas.
“Since Usain Bolt is the 100 metre champion I think the ‘Inishowen 100’ would interest him. It’s one of the top ten scenic drives in Ireland,” Siobhan explains. “And if he wants to stay active he can try kayaking, mountaineering or some great surfing.”
Should the 100-metre magician want to stretch his legs, Siobhan suggests a walk (or run) up the Mamore Gap, with wild Atlantic views 800 feet above sea level.
If history is his thing, a visit to An Grianan of Aileach - a fort first constructed around 1700 BC - might make its way into his plans.
In the likelihood that Bolt finds himself on Donegal’s shores it won’t be his first taste of Irish culture. Back in 2011 the Olympic record holder met the Tipperary hurling team in his native Jamaica.
After being given a quick demonstration, Bolt showed he had some skills of his own with the sliotar and hurl (the ball and stick used in hurling, the world’s fastest field sport).
Of course, the fastest man in the will no doubt be keen to watch the fastest field sport in the world. Croke Park, Nowlan Park, Semple Stadium: we’ll let him choose the setting.
But with a manager from County Donegal and the entire county eagerly waiting for his visit, it looks like his choice of team will be out of his hands.