You could choose any of a hundred Usain Bolt photos and call if the best one ever. When you have magnetic charisma it always translates into being supremely photogenic. But this one, from Sunday night's 100-meter semifinals in Rio captures the essence of Bolt so perfectly it has to rank all the way up on the list. Why? It's the lead. The stride. The perfect form. It's the grin. It's the michieviousness. It's the fact that he can be racing against eight of the fastest 16 men in the world and have flipped on the cruise control halfway through the race then, just for fun, flash a smile as if the point is to enjoy yourself, not hit the tape first.. It's everything we love about Usain Bolt. Here are a few more of our favorite pics of the seven-time (for now) gold medalist.
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During Bolt's victory lap at the 2013 world championships in Russia, a lightning bolt lit up the stadium just like another one had minutes before. And, yes, it's real. It's too perfect to be Photoshopped.
AFP/Getty ImagesOLIVIER MORIN
Bolt ran a scintillating world record of 9.69 in his debut on the major international stage at the Beijing Olympics. What was so amazing about the race though was the fact that Bolt started celebrating at the 75-meter mark - pounding his chest and holding his arms wide - and appeared to coast across the finish line like a car that had run out of gas. Still, he won by 0.20 seconds, which is a blowout on the scale of the Dream Team beating Angola. To this day people debate what Bolt's time would have been if he ran through the tape. Who cares? This was better.
AFP/Getty ImagesPEDRO UGARTE
Bolt is cocky and arrogant. He's preening. He loves himself some Usain Bolt. Yet, despite all that, he's universally beloved. It takes a special kind of personality to pull it off and Bolt does it 100%. He gives it all up for his fans and, hey, you'd be cocky too if you could run a 9.69 without even trying.
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One year after he let a celebration get in the way of an earth-shattering world record, Bolt was all business at the 2009 world championships when he lowered Michael Johnson's "unbreakable" 200m world record (19.32) to go 19.19. This is the final of a 20-second race. There's no bigger Katie Ledecky fan than me, but there's dominance and then there's Usain in 2009.
AFP/Getty ImagesOLIVER LANG
When you win as much as Usain Bolt, you get to have a victory pose.