Highlights: Five-time world champion; first man to win six Olympic medals in sprinting; world records for the 100 meter, 200 meter and 4x100 meter relay; first to achieve a “double triple” at consecutive Olympics; winner of numerous awards including IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year and Laureus Sportsman of the Year (twice)
Quote: “I want to be a legend. The real legends win again and again.”
Fun Fact: Bolt may take up cricket or soccer after the 2016 Olympics.
AT50 Point Total: 49
It's somehow fitting that a man named "Bolt" would become the fastest ever. His detractors said he had the wrong body for sprinting, was too lazy an athlete to harness his raw talents and join the world's greats. But the lanky, laidback Jamaican defied them all, loping down the track at world record-shattering pace time and again, even hampered by inexperience, headwinds and, in one notable (Olympic) case, an untied shoe.
In the 2012 Olympics, Bolt achieved not only the first double-double (consecutive wins in the 100-meter and 200-meter) for any sprinter, but also the first double-triple (he also won consecutive golds in the 4x100-meter relay). Along the way, he's set—and holds—world records in all of them, and has been called "a ghost," a national hero and the greatest sprinter of all time. We're not sure about the first two, but we most definitely agree with the latter.