Right now the Olympics is getting close, and you can feel the buzz about it here in Jamaica. I’ve been running for a while now, and doing well since I was a junior, so people out here know who I am. When I’m out on the streets in Kingston people are always coming up to me and saying “Hey, Gonz, I wanna see you win gold this summer.” Nobody likes that kind of pressure but as a runner in Jamaica you have to get used to it because track and field is a real big deal here. The other thing the people will do is tell me what kind of times my rivals LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James have been running. I can’t really hide from it, you know? But I just tell myself that my sport is all about what you do on the day. Nothing else matters. All I can do is stay focused on what I have to do and not worry too much about what everyone else is doing or saying.
Except for my coach Bert Cameron, of course. He’s driving me real hard, reminding me every day that the Games are getting closer. It is time to get in high gear and start running sharp. We need to be in top shape just to qualify for the Olympics. So everybody down at Racers Track Club is gearing up and getting ready. That goes for Usain Bolt most of all. I think people who don’t know him imagine that he’s this real laid back character, that he hardly trains at all but just turns up and runs. Trust me, right now that man is working hard. I see it every day.
For Bolt the Olympic trials are going to be crazy. Everybody is talking about whether Usain is still the king of speed, and wondering whether Yohan Blake is going to beat him. The whole island will stop to watch that race. Usain has been talking about running crazy times at the London Olympics, 9.4secs or something.