Embracing the Crowd
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Usain Bolt

Embracing the Crowd
Usain Bolt celebrates with the crowd after Jamaica won the gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
100-meter champion
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt cruises to a world record in the 100 meters over runner-up Richard Thompson of Trinidad at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
100-meter champion
Usain Bolt, right, gave Jamaica its first Olympic 100-meter champion with a victory in Beijing in 2008. His time of 9.69 seconds lowered his world record. Richard Thompson, left, of Trinidad and Tobago won silver.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Celebration
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates his world record after winning gold in the 100-meter dash at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Golden Shoes
Puma, the brand of shoes that Olympic champion Usain Bolt wears, have been flying off shelves since he set the 100 record in Beijing.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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