But there have been times when he has remained to think that he came out of retirement.
“I spoke to my track coach,” Bolt told CNN Sport’s Coy Wire. “And it was like, ‘No, you’re not doing it. People who retire and return – it doesn’t always work.’
“For me, in the end, I knew it was time because the drive wasn’t there. But every time I watch the track I miss it. And every time I go on the track to see my trainer and watch him as he trains go,” made the right decision? “… But every time I train with them I think:” Ah yes, I made the right decision. I do not miss it.”
‘Sit down and watch’
Instead, Bolt will settle for a place on the sidelines of the next Games, the first for 20 years in which he won’t be competing.
In particular, he can’t wait to see the action in the pool.
“I’m going to watch, I’m excited for the first time to sit down, watch it and see people’s energy,” said Bolt.
“I have seen athletics all my life, I have always watched athletics and I always know what is going on with athletics. But I have not seen Michael Phelps swim live.
“For me, it’s an opportunity to go see these other swimmers and see something else.
“The only thing I once saw was when I went to the Commonwealth Games and went to watch netball. But I always wanted to go watch live swimming … athletics, I love it, but this is what I really want to watch. ”
He won three unprecedented golds at the consecutive Olympics between 2008 and 2016 in the 100 and 200 meters, and recorded his world records of 9.58 and 19.19 in Berlin in 2009.
“I live for competition,” he said. “When I was competing, I felt that if nobody runs fast I will not be happy.
“I wanted to go out there with the best, I wanted to side with the best because I like to show that I am the best and know that I have worked hard and that it is paying.”