Jamaican Sprinter Runs from Girlfriend to Focus on Olympic Glory
Usain Bolt, the current world record sprinter in both the 100 & 200 meter dashes and winner of three gold medals in the 2008 Olympics, dumped his girlfriend in May.
A source close to the Jamaican described the split as a ‘mutual decision between two adults’.
It’s reported that he wants to focus on winning more gold medals in the London Summer Games but it may also be that the criticism he’s received from dating his girlfriend, Lubica Slovak, is too much.
Apparently, some of his fellow countrymen do not like seeing a black man dating a white woman.
One online posting said: “Really now Usain! Some successful black men obviously suffer from a white woman complex. You too?’, while another complained: ‘Another one of our men snatched.’
Further protests included: ‘Out of all the girls on this island you pick a snowbunny”, and:
“These superstars will always disappoint if we depend on them to raise our racial identity.”
While it’s not possible to know Bolt’s motivations it is true that he is gearing up to compete in the London Games in what will likely be his last Olympics as a sprinter and he has been criticized for dating Slovak on the basis of race.
Miss Slovak emigrated to Canada with her father when she was 14 and studied fashion design at the Ryerson University here in Toronto.