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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dear Editor,

When I read about Usain Bolt saying he was a legend and the president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, saying he was an icon, I was bemused.

According to the meanings in the New Webster's Dictionary of the English Language, it seems to me that both men are using words that they do not know the meaning of. An icon is "an image, representation, or picture, a religious image considered sacred by members of the Eastern Orthodox Church", while a legend is "a story or account, non-historical or unverifiable which is handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as factual".

Based on these definitions, I would like someone to tell me how Usain Bolt can consider himself a legend or Jacques Rogge contend that Bolt is an icon.

I greatly admire Bolt for his achievements and there is no doubt in my mind that, based on his records, he is the greatest sprinter of all time, but if I were him I would leave it right there.

Ken Spencer

PO Box 537

Kingston 8


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