The Drive Phase

Yohan Blake: Working Hard - Building a Legacy

November 16, 2020 Dalton Myers Season 3 Episode 1
The Drive Phase
Yohan Blake: Working Hard - Building a Legacy
Show Notes

As we start a new season of The Drive Podcast, we have exciting new segments including “On the Sideline”, “Play of the Day” and “Podcast Pick”. In “On the sideline”, Dalton will be addressing topical issues in the sporting industry. In the “Play of the Day” he speaks with Olympian Yohan Blake.

In this episode, our guest, Yohan Blake discusses Blake: The Past, Present and the Future. He speaks about the new club new club, TITANS International, that he is currently training with. He shares that Tokyo 2020 will be his final Summer Olympic Games. He noted that he is looking to transition into playing cricket and spoke about his introduction to the sport by his father. He discussed his early rise in track and field while he attended the St Jago High school and running at the Boys and Girls Championships.

Yohan also speaks about:

  • How he made a decision to become a part of the Racers Track Club and the role Usain Bolt played in him going to the club
  • His sojourn into acting as he prepares for life post track and field 
  • How hard he trained to compete with and beat Usain Bolt in the 2012 season
  • Winning the 2011 World Athletics Championships 100m final and the role that Usain played in helping him to prepare for major championships 
  • How he handles criticism from the general public and peers 

Yohan speaks about his relationship with Coach Glen Mills and his decision to leave the Racer’s Track Club due to him not believing he was receiving sufficient attention. He discusses how he handled the injuries between 2013 and 2015 and his decision to stick to the sport despite how difficult his recovery was. His relationship with his partner and the role she has played in supporting him and him having a balanced lifestyle.

Other topics discussed are:

  • The importance of having multiple sources of income as he dealt with the impact of the pandemic on potential earning opportunities 
  • An update on his health and injuries 
  • Advice for young and upcoming athletes.
  • The work that is done through the YB Afraid Foundation
  • His plans for the future including motivational speaker 
  • His current relationship with Usain Bolt and the respect he has for the sprint legend 

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