What won’t Olympians do to focus on their training as they prepare for the Summer Games? We already heard about swimmer Ryan Lochte cutting out fast food and candy from his diet, and now we’re hearing that sprinter Usain Bolt broke up with his girlfriend in order to focus on his training.
The Jamaica Star reported on Thursday that Bolt, 25, has put his relationship with 28-year-old fashion designer Lubica Slovak on hold.
Their report states that Bolt wants to “focus his energies on creating new records on the track,” and that he “cannot afford any distraction at this time.”
Another report says the split “was a mutual decision between two adults.”
The two reportedly had been dating since last December.
While Bolt’s desire to focus on the Olympics is likely a big reason for the break up/temporary split, there could be more to the story.
Bolt’s relationship with Slovak was heavily scrutinized after a picture of the couple kissing was published in the Jamaican Observer. Many Jamaicans felt a sense of betrayal by Bolt because he was dating a white woman.
Let’s hope Bolt is only postponing the relationship because of training purposes, not because he’s succumbing to public pressure. His countrymen don’t have any place telling him who he should or should not date.
Note: This post also appeared on Medal Detector
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