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Usain Bolt’s Long Term Development

Luke Dittrich wrote a < a href="http://www.esquire.com/print-this/usain-bolt-bio-0410">great article about Usain Bolt for Esquire titled “Usain Bolt: Mutant.” In the article, Bolt’s long-time trainer, Glen Mills, describes his work with Bolt prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics:

“When I got him, he was injured,” Mills says. “Also, his coordination and all those things were off. And his scoliosis was affecting his hamstring. So we had to do some work.” Much of that work consisted of not working so hard. Mills cut down on Bolt’s high-intensity workouts and put him instead on a training regimen that emphasized strength and flexibility, building up his core muscles to compensate for his problematic spine, honing Bolt’s body and technique until he was ready to fully harness his gift. Although Bolt continued to compete, for the two years of 2006 and 2007, he didn’t place first in any races. It wasn’t until 2008 that Mills’s training regimen came to fruition, and the world took notice of what had been taking root at this worn track on the grounds of an old Kingston sugar plantation.

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