Bolt made track, and thus, the Olympics, eminently watchable. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
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With a showman's flair as transcendent as his raw speed – Chicken McNuggets for dinner, his fabled "To The World" pose for dessert and dancing away at nightclubs till dawn – he hoisted his entire, troubled sport upon his shoulders and made it watchable and relevant.Since his era of dominance began in 2008, Bolt went undefeated at the Olympics – nine for nine – in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay. At the world championships, Bolt's only "loss" came in 2011, when he was disqualified for a false start in the 100 meters. Bolt's mastery of this sport remains unchallenged.Though it's tricky to compare dominance in track to that in any other sport, there's an element of Nicklaus in Bolt's dominance.Bolt hasn't sought that sort of impact, at least not yet, but it's hard to overstate the mark he made on his troubled sport and, thus, the Olympics, which have long featured athletics as the must-see event of the final two weeks.
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