PIVOTAL ROLE In all fairness, some unique and significant credit should be given for the pivotal role I played in the success story of Bolt. The mere fact that those stinging words resonated with him through the ebbs and flows of his now mega successful career suggests that those words helped to motivate, if not inspire, the now greatest sprinter of all time to the lofty heights he has attained. Criticism tends to spark the fire of excellence, and Bolt has risen above many challenges, including some moments worthy of criticism, to be now blazing a furnace of excellence. Even his exploits at last year’s World Championships in Beijing when the odds were stacked against him because of poor form and injuries, with the debate raging as to whether he would be able to overcome the challenge of a then marauding Gatlin, Bolt must have been well aware that in my capacity as his ‘main motivator’, I was early and emphatic in my prediction that he would lose to Gatlin in that 100-metre final. It is also reasonable to assume that Bolt, and the innate champion in him, must have drawn some motivation from that swirling sentiment, which helped him to put in that extra work needed to overcome the odds and prove the critics wrong in the emphatic way he did. During the last decade spanning the 2005 World Championships, through the thick and thin and ups and downs up to the 2015 Beijing World Championships, I genuinely believe that my motivational role in the building of Bolt the athlete and Bolt the brand has been immeasurable. In my retort to Bolt’s recent accusations, I suggested publicly that I was preparing an invoice to be delivered for my services. The big man subsequently responded on Twitter that he was looking forward to receiving that invoice. The tabulation continues, and the invoice will be delivered as I look forward to the day when l will be finally and adequately compensated. When Usain Bolt accused me of calling him a ‘sell-out’ who ‘sold out’ to Justin Gatlin in that infamous 200 metres final at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki I reacted with dismay, knowing that I had never, called, and would never call Bolt a sell-out. For the record, I want to here and now categorically deny calling Bolt a sell-out. Desperate attempts are still being made to find the relevant commentary aired on August 11, 2005, the day of that fateful race, to verify that what I did say was that Bolt’s decision to jog the last 70 or 80 metres of that race was an act of cowardice, and he should have stopped if he was injured instead of walking to the line. I maintain to this day that it was a reasonable criticism of Bolt’s performance on that particular occasion, an opinion that many Jamaicans somehow equate with writing off the then emerging sprinter. There is, however, a fundamental difference between writing off an athlete and being critical of a specific performance by that athlete. Absolutely no one is beyond criticism, which in and of itself when merited is not necessarily a bad thing. It is how the individual responds to criticism that determines the effect of that criticism. I remember being confronted personally by Bolt about the particular incident in question. I remember telling him that my critique of him was not meant to tear him down, but to make him a better and stronger athlete and that those harsh words seemed to have done him well.
Source = Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona introduces renovated rooftop barMajestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona introduces renovated rooftop barAfter commemorating its 100th anniversary last year in style, Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona is celebrating yet again – this time, with the reopening of its trendy rooftop terrace – regarded as one of Europe’s best, La Dolce Vitae. Led by renowned architect and interior designer Antonio Obrador, the emblematic space has been updated with sleek furniture, a wider bar serving an updated menu of refreshing cocktails and a redesign to make the space more inviting and comfortable while maintaining the swimming pool as its central element.The terrace design conveys a sense of luxury and coziness that allows guests to enjoy views of the city’s remarkable landmarks, including its most popular, Sagrada Familia. Thanks to Clavisa, a company specializing in the cultivation of cactus and succulent plants, the new and improved space is complete with elegant details including a vertical garden, the hotel’s trademark, a feature that has become consistent throughout the five-star luxury hotel, also seen in its penthouse terraces and at its farm-to-table concept restaurant, SOLC.Top Quality Cuisine by Michelin-Star Chef Nandu JubanyAt La Dolce Vitae, spectacular views and an inviting atmosphere, are served with a renewed menu that includes fresh flavors, unique ingredients and high-quality products, curated by the hotel’s gastronomic advisor and Michelin-Star Chef Nandu Jubany and Executive Chef David Romero. Updated for the summer season, items boast international faire elevated with Catalan and Mediterranean influences. Examples include a selection of the freshest Can Met vegetables, Balfego bluefin tuna tartare paired with avocado and wasabi, organic roast beef with toast and pickles or a delicious selection of local artisanal cheeses. Guests can enjoy several dessert options while overlooking the city’s skyline including the Ferrero Rocher and Nutella XXL ice-cream sandwich.Majestic Sunset Sessions 2019 & ‘Rosée Sunset BBQ’The hotel is also excited to announce the return of Majestic Sunset Sessions for another season, welcoming resident DJ Carlos U-Soul to bring the atmosphere to life in the evenings from June to September. On weekends, DJ U-Soul will share the booth with some internationally renowned DJ’s including: Kiko Navarro (June 7, July 26 and Sept. 6), Angel Moraes (June 21), Jean-Jérôme Dupuy (July 5), Alex Finkin (Aug. 2), Jordi Carreras (Aug. 23) and César Melero (Sept. 20).Beginning June 9th, from 7 to 10 p.m., the trendy rooftop will also be home to a brand-new offer, the Rosée Sunset BBQ, where guests can indulge on tasteful dishes cooked to perfection in an elegant Josper oven. Menu items include prawns from Barceloneta, chicken and grilled T-Bone paired with the award-winning rose wine M De Minuty.About Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona“In the world of great luxury hotels, the old is now the new,” – that’s what the experts say when speaking of hotels with such profound tradition and history like Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona. Since opening in 1918, the five-star hotel owned by the Soldevila-Casals family has played an emblematic role in Barcelona architecture, society and lifestyle, hosting notable guests such as Ernest Hemingway and Antonio Machado. Led by interior designer Antonio Obrador, the neo-classical French style property has completed a five-year renovation and has reclaimed its place among the iconic landmarks of the vibrant city.With a privileged location in the heart of Barcelona on stylish Passeig de Gràcia, the 271-room property is home to an unmatched 1,000-piece art collection with works by artists such as Antoni Tàpies and Josep Guinovart. Under the direction of Michelin star Chef Nandu Jubany, a robust gastronomic offering is highlighted by the Majestic Breakfast Experience, named Europe’s Best Breakfast in 2018 by Prix Villégiature. Additionally, The Leading Hotels of the World, a prestigious organization that represents independent luxury hotels from around the world, recognized the property with the Remarkably Uncommon award in 2018; the hotel has been a member of the organization since December 2014.Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona is also home to the city’s largest suite, a 5,000-square-foot penthouse with capacity for six, a dining room, two panoramic terraces and access to a personal butler and chauffeur. www.hotelmajestic.es.