PARIS — A moment of surprise and splendor unfolded in Paris as Usain Bolt, the celebrated sprinter, emerged as the unanticipated guest of honor during the unveiling of the Paris 2024 Olympic Torch. His charismatic presence added a touch of excitement to the event, which took place on the scenic River Seine, set to be the venue for the Opening Ceremony in precisely one year’s time.
“The G.O.A.T. is in Paris !!! 1 Year before #Paris2024, the Olympic legend is ready to celebrate with you,” Paris 2024 organizers wrote.
Accompanied by Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee, and a distinguished group of 100 French athletes, Bolt proudly held the Torch as the first Torchbearer. ALSO READ: Noah Lyles Takes Aim at Usain Bolt’s World Record in 200m
The awe-inspiring Le Paquebot, the boat designated to parade France’s Olympic team during the Opening Ceremony on July 26, 2024, gracefully sailed along the river, eliciting national pride and joy.
Bolt’s inclusion in the ceremony brought a sense of anticipation and unity, reflecting the spirit of camaraderie that the Olympics foster among athletes and fans worldwide.
Usain Bolt also took to social media to share photos and a video but was more overjoyed because a Jamaican was in the middle of the celebration.
“It’s the black, green, and gold in the midst of everything else for me,” he wrote with the Jamaican flag emojis and the word proud at the end.
The Torch’s design, unveiled just hours before the event, showcased creativity and symbolism, but it was Bolt’s presence that truly stole the show, leaving an enduring impact on all who witnessed this historic moment.